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Recent News // Kent County Broadband Committee Seeks Community Input

Monday, May 16, 2016

Grand Rapids - Technology is a critical part of education, providing information and staying in touch with loved ones. As technology evolves, access to broadband is important to all households.  Kent County staff are working with The Right Place, Inc. and the Kent County Broadband Committee, a group of local community leaders with a common mission of enhancing and expanding broadband access, adoption and use throughout the County for the benefit of local residents and businesses.

The Committee is partnering with Connect Michigan and their "Connected Community" program to examine broadband accessibility in Kent County, and established a broadband planning process and plan to address the current and future broadband needs.  In order to meet their goals, Connect Michigan is asking for the pulic to complete a survey to recognize existing resources and capabilities currently in place that support the access, adoption and use of broadband technology in local homes and businesses.  "Using several audience-specific surveys to gather this information, these results will be used to develop action plans to address recognized needs as part of the recently formed Kent County Broadband Initiative," said Dan Manning, Community Technology Advisor for Connect Michigan.  "Our 'Connected Communty' program also includes a certification program to formally recognize those communities that excel in their assessment based on their demonstrated success with broadband access, adoption and use."

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