Time is Ticking: Take Part in Survey to Improve Internet Access and Speeds Across Morris County

Morris County, TX (October 27, 2020) – The Morris County Collaborative Broadband Committee, in partnership with Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas), is collecting input from businesses, residents, community organizations, farmers, and others in an effort to develop a Technology Action Plan for the entire county. The plan will provide immediate and long-term solutions for expanding access to high-speed internet.

The Committee is seeking as much data as possible to ensure that the plan covers all unserved or underserved areas in the county. To take the survey, which was launched on July 28, head to this link: https://www.myconnectedcommunity.org/morris-county/

“We are taking action to find ways to expand internet access to more individuals, families, community organizations, and businesses in Morris County,” said Doug Reeder, Morris County Judge. “By working with Connected Nation Texas, we are able to leverage the nonprofit’s experience in developing Technology Action Plans that are specific to a community’s unique landscape. But we need the public’s help to ensure that we have reliable and complete data on who has access to high-speed internet and who doesn’t, as well as potential obstacles and opportunities for expanding broadband services to every corner of the county.”

Morris County is the ninth community selected as part of a statewide effort funded by the Texas Rural Funders—at no cost to the county itself. In total, 27 Texas communities will be fully funded to take part in the Connected Community Engagement program. It was developed by national nonprofit Connected Nation, the parent company of CN Texas, and has been used to help more than 350 communities nationwide.

“Ensuring that our residents, businesses, and community organizations have the broadband access they need is critical, especially in light of what has happened during the pandemic,” said Beverly Austin, Economic Development Chairperson, Morris County Collaborative. “Our children were told they had to learn from home. Our businesses had to find new ways to service their customers. Our residents had to find ways to work from home. Those are just a few examples, but imagine how much more difficult this time was if you did not have access to the internet. How would your child learn? How would your business go on? How would you keep your job? We must find solutions for connecting as many people as possible to broadband.”

The community engagement program collects data from local stakeholders and works directly with providers to identify opportunities and challenges for expanding access to broadband, ultimately developing a county-specific Technology Action Plan. The Connected program has developed more than 350 of these plans across the United States.

Head here for a printable fact sheet on the Morris County Collaborative Broadband Committee’s work:  https://connectednation.hatfield.marketing/texas/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2020/07/Morris-County-Broadband-Fact-Sheet-draft.pdf

To learn more about CN Texas, email Jennifer Harris at jharris@connectednation.hatfield.marketing or visit the CN Texas website at www.connectednation.hatfield.marketing/texas. To learn more about the Connected Program, head to https://connectednation.hatfield.marketing/connect-my-community/

MEDIA CONTACT:
Jessica Denson, Communications Director
Connected Nation
502-341-2024
jdenson@connectednation.hatfield.marketing

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About Connected Nation Texas: CN Texas is a local division of the national nonprofit Connected Nation. Our mission is to improve lives by providing innovative solutions that expand access to and increase the adoption and use of broadband (high-speed internet) and its related technologies for all people. Everyone belongs in a Connected Nation.

Connected Nation works with consumers, local community leaders, states, technology providers, and foundations to develop and implement technology expansion programs with core competencies centered on a mission to improve digital inclusion for people and places previously underserved or overlooked. For more information, please visit: connectednation.hatfield.marketing and follow Connected Nation on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Texas Rural Funders: The mission of the Texas Rural Funders (TRF) is to partner with rural Texans to achieve their vision of prosperity and wellbeing. The group’s strategies recognize and are informed by rural expertise and assets. The TRFC leverages local, philanthropic, state and federal resources to collaborate on projects, support local capacity and leadership, share research, convene stakeholders and engage in advocacy. More information can be found on the TRF webpage at: https://www.edtx.org/get-involved/texas-rural-funders-collaborative.

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