Improving Internet Access and Reliability for Businesses and Residents
High-speed internet access is more important to our community than ever. As virtual work, learning and telemedicine have become more commonplace, it’s crucial that our businesses and residents have affordable access to this essential utility.
Midland County Internet Connectivity Committee
The Midland County Internet Connectivity Committee was formed in 2019 with the mission to provide high-speed internet in Midland County which is critical for our community to thrive. The goal is to provide all Midland County households, businesses and schools with access to affordable, quality broadband. The Committee works with industry experts to identify high-priority areas and cost-efficient measures to deliver high-speed internet to significant portions of the population helping to close the digital divide.
Members of the Committee
The committee is a collaboration between the Midland Business Alliance, Midland Area Community Foundation, Midland County and other community representatives. It includes:
- Chris Cantrell, Midland County
- Bridgette Gransden, Midland County
- Terri Johnson, Greater Midland
- Helen Myers, Dow Retiree/Community Volunteer
- Sharon Mortensen, Midland Area Community Foundation
- Jonathan Myers, Midland County Road Commission
- Tim Dempsey, Public Sector Consultants
- Heather Gallegos, Dow
- James Mallory, Midland County ESA
- Scott Noesen, Midland County
- Jack Robinson, Dow Retiree/Community Volunteer
- Jenny Bruzewski, Midland Business Alliance
- Tina Lynch, Midland Business Alliance
- Tony Stamas, Midland Business Alliance
The Midland County Internet Connectivity Committee in partnership with Connect Nation completed a community survey in January 2021 to help collect data on the connectivity and use of technology among households as well as the agriculture, business, government, health care, educational and public safety sectors in Midland County. This data is used to make informed decisions and to implement solutions for improving connectivity in the community. See the survey results by clicking here.
Plan of Action
- Identify and Prioritize Areas of Need: Identify and prioritize key geographic and populated areas throughout the county that warrant actions to improve broadband service levels.
- Work with Local Broadband Providers: Determine the reasons why some areas of the community remain unserved, determine the feasibility of deploying various broadband technologies in the defined area, and assess the business case for deployment.
- Develop and Evaluate Public-Private Partnerships: Leverage existing community assets in partnership with private sector carriers to expand broadband network deployment.
- Identify and Pursue Opportunities to Increase Download Speeds: Provide sufficient speeds and bandwidth for county residents and workers in local public safety facilities.
- Promote Low-Cost Broadband Service Offerings for Vulnerable Populations: Help overcome the cost barrier to broadband adoption for low-income and other vulnerable residents.