Enhancing efforts to improve access to broadband internet service throughout Kenosha County will begin with the creation of a committee tasked with studying these challenges, particularly, in areas that are currently underserved by high-speed internet providers.
The Kenosha County Community Broadband Advisory Committee’s mission includes providing critical input on developing a comprehensive plan for facilitating broadband development and delivery, County Executive Samantha Kerkman said Wednesday announcing the establishment of the new panel.
The committee will generate informed recommendations to local, state, and federal legislators, community leaders and private organizations.
Kerkman said the advisory panel is also directed to foster collaboration, encourage coordination of efforts where appropriate and provide a community forum for updates on known private-sector projects.
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“This committee is all about sharing information and collaborating, to encourage and enable private investment in broadband infrastructure,” Kerkman said. “I look forward to productive discussions that will lead us toward finding solutions for areas of the county and communities that now lack access to high-speed internet service.”
The committee’s creation comes on the heels of the county’s ongoing efforts to collect internet speed test data from residents, which in turn can be used in private providers’ efforts to receive federal and state support to expand their services.
More details are available on the webpage and residents are still encouraged to take this survey at https://www.kenoshacounty.org/quickconnect.
Kerkman’s appointments to the Broadband Advisory Committee will be established over the coming months. Under an executive order that she issued Wednesday, comprising the panel will be representatives from the:
• Kenosha County Board (one designee)
• Kenosha Unified School District (one designee)
• School districts west of Interstate 94 (three designees)
• Higher education (three designees)
• Municipal and community leaders (seven designees)
• Regional economic or planning organizations (one designee)
• Business or health care industry (three designees)
“As we’ve seen increasingly during recent years, affordable, reliable access to broadband internet is no longer a luxury; it’s essential for families and businesses,” she said. “In creating this committee, it’s our objective to improve access throughout Kenosha County.”
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