Young County releases Technology Action Plan focused on expanding internet access, adoption, use countywide
Plan sets four goals to better connect county residents, business owners, community organizations, schools, and others to broadband
Young County, TX (October 26, 2023) – The Young County Broadband Committee has announced the completion of a Technology Action Plan developed in collaboration with Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) at no cost to the county.
“We have spent months doing our due diligence,” said Judge Win Graham, Young County Court. “We have collected data from a countywide survey of residents, business owners, community organizations, education leaders, and others to identify the gap in our internet and technology services across the county. This was a critical step so that we could do our best to ensure those who live and work in Young County had a voice in developing this plan.”
The project is designed as a regional effort to help local communities develop effective plans for tackling their unique challenges and opportunities for expanding broadband (high-speed internet) access, adoption, and use.
The plan, which can be found here, provides critical data about the county’s digital footprint and recommendations (page 15) to improve and expand access across Young County The recommendations provide four goals for the county, each with actionable steps to achieve them. The goals are:
1. Establish central leadership in Young County as a tool for economic and community development.
2. Increase broadband access and reliability across Young County.
3. Increase broadband adoption and use among Young County residents by promoting reduced-cost internet plans and subsidy programs.
4. Ensure that Young County residents and businesses have access to digital literacy to improve outcomes in business, public safety, workforce readiness, and quality of life.
The full Young County Technology Action Plan can be found at this link: https://connectednation.org/community-engagements/young-county-texas.
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About Connected Nation Texas: CN Texas is the statewide subsidiary of the national nonprofit Connected Nation. Its mission is to improve lives by providing innovative solutions that expand access to and increase the adoption and use of broadband (high-speed internet) and its related technologies for all people. Everyone belongs in a Connected Nation.
Connected Nation works with consumers, local community leaders, states, technology providers, and foundations to develop and implement technology expansion programs with core competencies centered on a mission to improve digital inclusion for people and places previously underserved or overlooked. For more information, please visit: connectednation.org and follow Connected Nation on Facebook and Twitter.
About the Priddy Foundation: The mission of the Priddy Foundation is dedicated to the support of programs in human services, education, the arts, and health, which offer significant potential for individual development and community improvement throughout Northern Texas and Southern Oklahoma. More information can be found at: https://priddyfdn.org