County board to consider internet connectivity resolution. 

July 12, 2021

County board to consider internet connectivity resolution. 

PERE MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP — The Mason County Board of Commissioners will consider a resolution when it meets Tuesday, July 13, that will put the county on a path to provide high speed internet to all residents and businesses. 

The cost of such an endeavor are estimated to be about $46.5 million. 

If the commission passed the resolution, development of a broadband project by the county would be authorized. The county board could then issue a request for proposals followed by public hearing. 

A local group known as Connect Mason County, recently conducted a survey of connectivity in the county. The survey had 1,171 responses representing over 9% of Mason County households, and representation from all Mason County townships. From the survey, 87.6% of households in the county have access to the internet and 12.4% do not. The biggest barrier to access was the lack of a local provider followed by cost. 

The commission meets at 9 a.m. in the conference room of the Mason County Airport. 

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