Newton County, Texas (January 22, 2021) – The Newton County Broadband Committee just 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.
“The importance of having reliable internet access cannot be overstated. It impacts remote learning, telework, telehealth options, access to government services, and so much more,” said Michelle Barrow, Newton ISD, Superintendent and community advocate. “The input provided by local residents, businesses, and community organizations will help inform the development of this Technology Action Plan. For that reason, we need as much feedback as possible to ensure it accurately reflects the needs of communities across Newton County.”
Newton County is among 27 communities that are being 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 Committee is asking every individual, business, and community organization to take 10 minutes and fill out this short survey: www.myconnectedcommunity.org/newton-county/.
“It was always important to have access to resources and information that could improve the lives of Newton County residents. But we have all seen throughout the pandemic just how critical having good broadband can be for the good of our kids, families, and small businesses,” said Raquel Foster, community advocate. “Take part in this short survey and help us ensure that your area is not overlooked. We cannot miss this chance to chart a path forward.”
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 400 communities across the country to develop county or regional-specific Technology Action Plans that have both short term and long-term broadband solutions.
Jessica Denson, Communications Director
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About Connected Nation Texas: CN Texas 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.
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 TRFC 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://www.edtx.org/get-involved/texas-rural-funders-collaborative.
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