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Recent News // Leelanau Peninsula Economic Foundation studies local Internet access

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

October 4, 2016 | Glen Arbor Sun

High-speed Internet and broadband capabilities can no longer be considered a “luxury.” Indeed, Internet is considered a utility and a critical necessity for schools, families, libraries, business owners, and emergency services personnel.

The Leelanau Peninsula Economic Foundation (LPEF) technology committee has partnered with Connect Michigan to survey Leelanau County residents and stakeholders to identify needs and priorities. The survey will be helpful to efforts designed to identify areas lacking broadband access and for developing mechanisms to promote expansion of services via attracting additional providers.

Connect Michigan has worked with providers to identify Internet needs throughout Michigan. In the “Leelanau County broadband availability” image attached, the areas shaded in red represent un-served, or inadequately served Leelanau residents. Areas shaded in yellow, according to Connect Michigan, have at least some level of broadband availability. As depicted, significant portions of Leelanau County are without adequate service. 

The Technology Committee’s Chair, Commissioner Patricia Soutas-Little, says, “Broadband is vital for so many businesses and residents. Leelanau County has such a diverse landscape, knowing current accessibility and resident needs, will help us plan for the future.”

The Committee is striving to have survey result tabulated this fall. Survey results will be used to develop action plans and work with potential providers to address gaps and improved service goals. The Survey only takes 10 minutes to complete. You can take the survey as a resident, business owner, or as a designated representative of another organization. The survey is available online by clicking here, or a paper copy can be obtained from any local library. For additional information about his effort, contact Patricia Soutas-Little at 231-218-8496.

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