The Technology Action Plan was unveiled as part of McMullen County’s participation in the Connected Community Engagement Program through the Connected Texas initiative last week. Ten Texas communities are currently involved in some stage of the Connected program.
Participating in the program means McMullen County has gone through an extensive assessment of its overall broadband and technology innovation. The Technology Action Plan sets general community-wide broadband connectivity requirements to be worked towards that will support economic development and residential quality of life. The county has identified seven priority projects in its effort to grow broadband connectivity including adding local wireless hot spots, offering website and social media classes for local business owners, and creating a multipurpose mobile technology center.
McMullen County Judge Jim Teal expressed excitement with the plan’s detailed actions for the future.
“Thank you to the dedicated staff at Connected Texas for putting together a detailed analysis and plan for taking our rural county to the next level of information technology,” Teal said. “We look forward to providing each citizen with the ability to use the Internet to have the world at their fingertips.”
The Connected program is part of the Connected Texas initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration State Broadband Initiative program. Connected Texas is working to facilitate the access, adoption, and use of technology throughout the state to create a better business environment, more effective community and economic development, improved healthcare, more efficient government, enhanced education, and improved quality of life.
“Receiving this Connected community Technology Action Plan is a huge step in the right direction for the future of McMullen County,” Connected Texas Executive Director Don Shirley said. “This plan outlines how the county will take specific steps to ensure the community is supporting current residents and businesses by making sure there is access to the global economy and all the educational, health, government and other countless benefits that quality high-speed Internet allows.”
Residents are encouraged to get involved by joining their local Connected technology team and using the free Every Community Online program offered by Connected Texas to get training in computer and Internet skills which makes them eligible for discounted computers and home Internet service.