Cheboygan County Launches Program to Improve Local Internet Access and Speeds for Businesses, Homes
Cheboygan County, Mich. (December 1, 2020) – The Cheboygan County Economic Development Corporation (EDC), in partnership with Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan), just kicked off a Connected Community Engagement for the county.
The program will leverage input and data provided by county residents, businesses, community organizations, and others to identify problem areas and solutions for expanding high-speed internet (broadband) access.
“Every individual, family, local business, and community organization can benefit from this work,” said EDC Chair Sharen Lange. “We all have experienced, at one time or another over the last eight months especially, the challenges of having a poor internet connection or, worse, no internet connection at all. Launching this program is a first step in helping more people and businesses across Cheboygan County log on and stay on. The EDC recognizes and prioritizes broadband infrastructure as a critical component of development. Tele-med, student learning, remote workers, and general ‘connectedness’ are increasingly a strong part of the foundation of a healthy and successful future. With optimism, thoughtful planning, and committed leadership, our county is poised to emerge as a new regional leader.”
The Cheboygan EDC is asking local residents, businesses, and others to take part in a 10-minute survey by heading to this address: https://myconnectedcommunity.org/cheboygan-county.
“It’s critically important for as many people, businesses, and community organizations as possible to take part in this survey because the more information we get, the better our plan will be,” said Cheboygan County Administrator Jeff Lawson. “We need help from everyone to identify where there is a need for improved or expanded broadband access in an effort to include as many areas as possible in the Technology Action Plan we’re developing for all of Cheboygan County.”
More than 350 communities across the country have leveraged the Connected program to develop community-specific Technology Action Plans, which include immediate and long-term steps for improving broadband access.
To learn more about the Connected program, head to https://connectednation.org/connect-my-community/.
Jessica Denson, Communications Director
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About Connected Nation Michigan: CN Michigan is a local division of the national nonprofit Connected Nation. Our 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.