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Tuscola County launches new effort to expand internet access, improve speeds

 Your input is needed to develop Technology Action Plan for county

Tuscola County, Mich. (February 3, 2021) – The Tuscola County Economic Development Corporationis urging county residents and businesses to participate in an important survey intended to help expand and improve high-speed internet access across the county.

“The Tuscola County EDC is constantly working on ways to improve communities and business climate in the county,” said Steve Erickson, Executive Director of the Tuscola County Economic Development Corporation. “Especially during this past year of great challenges, we have seen many areas that need improved broadband internet in the county. Everyone is impacted by this, which affects education, agriculture, small businesses, and so many other aspects of our lives.”

The Tuscola County EDC is working in partnership with Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan), the statewide program of the national nonprofit Connected Nation (CN). The nonprofit has a mission to improve lives by identifying innovative solutions for expanding access, adoption, and use of broadband and its related technologies to all people. The Tuscola County EDC and Broadband Committee are leveraging CN’s Connected Community Engagement Program to develop a Technology Action Plan.

As part of this effort, and to ensure a plan that accurately reflects the need across the area, the committee is asking every individual, business, and community organization in the county to take 10 minutes and fill out this short survey about access:

"Getting a large number of surveys returned by businesses and from homes is crucial for the EDC to improve our strategy for faster broadband in Tuscola County and the Thumb Area,” said Erickson. “Over the past year in dealing with COVID, it is now even more important to provide much needed broadband service to all segments of the economy--small business, education, our homes, agriculture, medical services and for local units of government."

The Connected program has developed Technology Action Plans for more than 350 communities, counties, and regions across the country. Each one is tailored to an area’s specific opportunities and challenges. For more details, head to

For more information or if you have questions, email or head to

Jessica Denson, Communications Director
Connected Nation

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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.organd follow Connected Nation on Facebookand Twitter.