Texas county asks businesses and residents to help shape plan for improving internet access and speeds
Fill out the broadband survey to ensure your area’s challenges and opportunities are part of the planning process
Hall County, Texas (April 21, 2021) – The Hall County Broadband Committee, which is made up of local stakeholders, launched its work to develop a county-specific Technology Action Plan. The committee, in partnership with Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas), is looking at both immediate and long-term solutions for improving high-speed internet access, adoption, and use across the county.
“It is about so much more than just improving the technology. It’s about improving the lives of everyone living and working across Hall County,” said Kitsy Pepper, Memphis ISD Technology Specialist & Educational Grant Writer. "Over the last year, we have seen how important it is for our students to stay connected to teachers and the classroom; our businesses to stay connected to customers; and our workers to stay connected to their employers. Quality broadband access makes those things possible and is a critical resource for us all.”
Hall County is among 27 communities selected to participate in a statewide effort led by CN Texas and funded by the Texas Rural Funders—at no cost to the county itself. As part of this effort, the Hall County Committee is asking every individual, business, and community organization to take 10 minutes and fill out this short survey: https://www.myconnectedcommunity.org/hall-county/.
“It’s so important to get as much input as possible so that we can have a plan that truly addresses the needs of Hall County students, families, businesses, and community and government organizations,” said City Secretary, Cindy Woodard. “We can’t let this opportunity to develop an actionable plan through the support of Connected Nation Texas and the Texas Rural Funders pass us by. Now is the time to create positive, proactive change for our local communities.”
The Technology Action Plan, which will be developed by leveraging Connected Nation’s Connected Community Engagement Program, will be shaped by the information provided by local stakeholders. The Connected Program has been used in nearly 650 communities across the country to develop county or regional-specific Technology Action Plans that have both short term and long-term broadband solutions.
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Jessica Denson, Communications Director
About Connected Nation Texas: CN Texas is the statewide subsidiary 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.
About the Texas Rural Funders: The mission of the Texas Rural Funders (TRF) is to partner with rural Texans to achieve their vision of prosperity and wellbeing. The group’s strategies recognize and are informed by rural expertise and assets. The TRF leverages local, philanthropic, state and federal resources to collaborate on projects, support local capacity and leadership, share research, convene stakeholders and engage in advocacy. More information can be found on the TRF webpage at: https://texasruralfunders.org/.