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ETCOG Takes First Steps with ATCOG and Connected Texas Toward Creation of a Regional Broadband Plan
Seven Regional Meetings Held for Stakeholders, Service Providers and Regional Champions to Attend


 

ETCOG and Ark-Tex Council of Governments (ATCOG) announce a partnership and informational meetings scheduled to begin the process of developing a broadband plan for the 23 county region. ETCOG and ATCOG are relying on a grassroots, bottoms-up approach and invite local leaders, telecom service providers, stakeholders, and interested volunteers to attend one of seven meetings scheduled in our area.  
 
With the help of regional stakeholders and partners, the East Texas and Northeast Texas Regional Broadband project will result in the development and completion of a comprehensive, regional broadband blueprint for the underserved and unserved areas of our 23-county region. ETCOG and ATCOG are collaborating with Connected Texas, a public-private partnership working with the Texas Department of Agriculture on comprehensive broadband mapping and planning across the state, to assist us with the completion of this important project. For more information about Connected Texas please visit www.connectedtx.org or contact Program Coordinator LaTanya Tatum at LTatum@connectedtx.org or (512) 461-4159.
 
“Through this initiative, ETCOG, ATCOG and Connected Texas will work with the Texas Department of Agriculture to develop and implement effective strategies for technology ACCESS, ADOPTION and USE in the East Texas and Northeast Texas Region,” said ETCOG Executive Director, David Cleveland.  “When this planning effort is complete, we will have a locally developed plan that will guide our efforts to accelerate the availability and use of technology. Subsequently, when the plan is fully implemented, it will result in the creation of a more robust business environment, more effective community and economic development, improved healthcare, increased educational opportunities, and more efficient government.”
 
The process will also require identifying “Community Champions” in each county, local individuals who will work with Connected Texas to lead and support the broadband community planning effort in their area. This is to ensure the Broadband plan will be shaped by the input and work of the counties, communities, local champions, local broadband providers, and the local planning team. Interested individuals were urged to attend any of the seven general informational meetings held in May throughout the regions. Next steps meetings are currently being scheduled. Upcoming meetings include:
 
Harrison County Broadband Kickoff
July 9, 2014
Historical Harrison County Courthouse Room # 215
200 W Houston Street
Marshall, TX 75670
Time: 9:30am to 11:30am
 
Anderson County Broadband Kickoff
August 5, 2014
Anderson County Courthouse Annex
703 N Mallard, Suite 103A
Palestine, Texas
Time: 9:30am to 11:30am

Follow Up Meeting - Harrison County Broadband Kickoff
August 6, 2014
Texas State Technical College
2650 N East End Blvd
Marshall, TX
Time: 9:30am to 11:30am

Cherokee County Broadband Kickoff
August 12, 2014
Rusk Civic Center
555 Euclid Street
Rusk, Texas
Time: 9:30am to 11:30am

Cherokee County Community Broadband Event
September 23, 2014
Norman Activity Center
526 E. Commerce Street
Jacksonville, Texas
Time: 9:30am to 11:30am
RSVP
 
Van Zandt County Broadband Kickoff
September 24, 2014
Museum Plaza
119 N. Buffalo
Canton, Texas
Time: 9:30am to 11:30am
RSVP

For more information, contact, ETCOG Special Projects Lead, Nanette Stephens at Nanette.stephens@etcog.org or 325-212-5303. To attend one of the seven regional information meetings, please RSVP by clicking the link listed with the associated meeting above.
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