Midland launches new broadband survey

MIDLAND—The Midland County Broadband Committee, in partnership with Connected Nation, has kicked off a Connected Community Engagement for the county.

The program will use data and input provided by local residents, businesses, community organizations, and others to develop a Technology Action Plan that addresses the area’s unique broadband (high-speed internet) needs.

“Broadband connectivity has long been a need in Midland County,” said Tony Stamas, president and CEO of the Midland Business Alliance. “As the challenges of the pandemic and flood have impacted our community, the elevated need for improved and affordable virtual infrastructure is increasingly apparent. By collaboratively engaging in this work, the entire community will have the opportunity to thrive regardless of physical location.”

This Technology Action Plan will be shaped by the information provided by local stakeholders through a ten-minute survey. You can find the survey at  https://myconnectedcommunity.org/midland-county. Simply choose the area you’re providing information on and answer the questions that follow.

“Broadband connection is essential to have a community where all can thrive,” says Sharon Mortensen, President & CEO of the Midland Area Community Foundation.  “This is even more evident while we deal with the pandemic and the increased need for connectivity. We are pleased to engage in this work with stakeholders from across the community as we work toward our ultimate goal of ensuring access to all.”

The Connected Community Engagement Program has developed similar plans for more than 350 communities nationwide. The program collects data from local stakeholders and works directly with providers to identify needs and opportunities for expanding access to broadband, ultimately developing a county-specific Technology Action Plan. To learn more about Connected head to https://connectednation.org/connect-my-community/.

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.

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, visit connectednation.org and follow Connected Nation on Facebook and Twitter.


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