Midland County Internet connectivity effort continues

A group of local leaders that has formed to increase access to the Internet in Midland County has a new name and a newly appointed director. 

The Midland County Internet Connectivity Committee, formerly known as the Midland County Broadband Committee, has a goal to close the digital divide between those who can and those who cannot access reliable Internet. The committee said all households, businesses and schools should be able to access affordable and quality broadband Internet to help the community thrive. 

While the collaborative group is still identifying targeted areas for the project, it will begin with northern Midland County.

According to a press release on Thursday, the committee plans to work with industry experts to identify high-priority areas in addition to cost-efficient measures for significant portions of the county population.

The project is a collaboration between Midland County, the Midland Business Alliance (MBA), Midland Area Community Foundation, and other community representatives.

The MBA now has full-time staff member Tina Lynch dedicated to the county’s project as of Director of Broadband Initiatives. MBA President and CEO Tony Stamas said this role was created to support the broadband connection effort. 

This announcement comes after the Midland County Board of Commissioners in late 2021 approved $250,000 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to go to the MBA to support broadband initiatives.

Lynch has led local programs such as Midland Blooms, WakeUp! Midland and Global Networking as well as economic and workforce development efforts. She has been a part of the MBA since 2013. 

“We are excited to have Tina (Lynch) in this critical role,” Stamas said. “She has been a valuable member of our team and is the right person to continue moving the project forward. Making sure everyone in Midland County has access to affordable high-speed internet is crucial for both business and households.” 

The list of committee members includes:

  • Chris Cantrell, Midland County
  • Bridgette Gransden, Midland County
  • Terri Johnson, Greater Midland
  • Helen Myers, Dow retiree/community volunteer
  • Sharon Mortensen, Midland Area Community Foundation
  • Jonathan Myers, Midland County Road Commission
  • Tim Dempsey, Public Sector Consultants
  • Heather Gallegos, Dow
  • James Mallory, Midland County ESA
  • Jack Robinson, Dow retiree/community volunteer
  • Tony Stamas, Midland Business Alliance 
  • Jenny Bruzewski, Midland Business Alliance
  • Tina Lynch, Midland Business Alliance


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