Public forum to address broadband internet access in Alcona County

Alcona County will be hosting a Broadband Access Summit to help inform the community of the importance and necessity of Broadband Access for everyone in the county.

When the Alcona Regional Leadership team brought community leaders from business, education and government together last spring to talk about what could be done to enrich life in Alcona County, the lack of high speed internet access was identified as a major issue.

“It’s what we run on,” said Pastor Jacob Schwartz, a participant in Alcona Leadership’s Connecting the Dots program, referring to broadband connectivity, high speed internet service and the limitless communication capabilities that come with it.

Responding to this community message, the Leadership team set an overall goal to provide educational programming and resources that could help residents better understand current internet availability and increase connectivity. This is no little task, but with the help of Connect Michigan, Access Alconaa new, locally-formed committee with a focus on connectivity, Michigan State University Extension and a number of community partners –an informational community forum has been scheduled for Tuesday April 29, 2014.

This public roundtable will bring together experts, service providers, and others to help us better understand the complexity and challenges of broadband and internet coverage. This forum will begin promptly at 6 p.m. at the Alcona School Board of Education Meeting Room at 61 North Barlow Road in Lincoln, MI. Everyone is welcome. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide input of a general nature; unfortunately this venue will not be suitable for addressing individual issues.

Anyone who would like to learn more about broadband and internet access in and around Alcona County is invited to attend this community forum. For more information about the Forum or the Alcona Regional Leadership program, contact Bonnie Wichtner-Zoia.

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