Officials to host Broadband Committee meeting

REED CITY — With a growing demand for broadband availability throughout Osceola County, officials hope to find ways to increase access, adoption and use for residents, organizations and businesses.

Representatives from education, public safety, government, business, economic development, workforce development, internet service providers and other groups are forming the Osceola County Broadband Committee, said Community Developer Dan Massy.

By working with Connect Michigan, a nonprofit that engages communities in broadband planning technology initiatives, the committee will be able to assess the broadband landscape across the county, identify connectivity gaps and establish technology-driven goals, Massy said.

“A lot of times, there’s a misconception about availability,” he said. “Once we find out what’s out there, where our fiber is and where our wireless is at, we will know who is being serviced, and hopefully entice somebody who can serve the broadband needs of others.”

“We may find that people might have access, but might not be using it for costs or another reason.”

Through Connect Michigan, Osceola County hopes to become a certified 2.0 Connected Community, through the Michigan Public Service Commission.

To help the initiative begin, the Broadband Committee will meet at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 10, at the Osceola County Courthouse, located at 301 W. Upton Ave., Reed City.

As a road map, Massy said the committee likely will follow this format:

  • During the first meeting, the “what,” “why,” and “how” of Osceola County’s Connect 2.0 project will be explained;
  • Data related to broadband access, adoption and use within the county will be collected;
  • Connect Michigan will use the data to develop a broadband assessment specific to Osceola County; and
  • Based on the assessment, the Broadband Committee will establish goals and projects.

Anyone interested in finding out more is invited to the Broadband Committee meeting on May 10, Massy said.

“I believe anyone who participates will find it interesting,” he added.

Those planning to attend should contact Massy at (231) 832-7397.

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