Broadband committee hopes to connect county

By John Raffel
Correspondent

 
Area residents are invited to the kickoff meeting of the new Osceola County Broadband Committee at 10 a.m. on May 10 at the county courthouse, 301 W. Upton, Reed City.

Dan Massy is the Osceola County’s Community Development Coordinator and is in the process of forming the committee.

 “The mission of the Broadband Committee will be to increase broadband access, adoption and use for residents, organizations, and businesses throughout Osceola County,” Massy said. “In order to do this the Broadband Committee will assess the broadband landscape across the county, identify connectivity gaps and establish technology-driven goals. Through this process the Broadband Committee will be working to make Osceola County one of Connect Michigan’s certified 2.0 Connected Communities.”

Connect Michigan is a non-profit group that engages communities in broadband planning technology initiatives, Massy added
 “I had a similar project with Connect Michigan that started back in 2012,” Massy said. “As a result we were one of the first counties in Michigan that became a certified 1.0 Connected Community.  One of the positives that came out of the program was bringing broadband to the Marion area.  I’m working with Connect Michigan again because as you know in the broadband world, 5 years is a lifetime.  While the focus will be on reaching 2.0 Connected Community certification the important point will be what is accomplished to get there.

 “Anyone with an interest is invited to participate on the committee.”
Massey is available at (231) 832-7397.  



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