Calhoun County Broadband Task Force

The Calhoun County Broadband Task Force will pursue the provision of internet services to all residents and businesses at a reasonable cost, recognizing that high speed internet promotes economic development, quality of life, housing development, village/city infrastructure and access to healthcare and education. The Task Force is made up of various sectors and stakeholders and will first collect data about access before tackling feasibility and then implementation.

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Task Force Membership:
  • Michael “Mac” McCullough, Community Engagement Librarian, Willard Library (Chair)
  • Angela Stewart, Community Initiatives Officer, Battle Creek Community Foundation
  • Art Kale, Village Manager, Village of Homer, MI
  • Gary Tompkins, District 7 Calhoun County Commissioner
  • Jake Smith, District 3 Calhoun County Commissioner
  • Jim Haadsma, 62nd District, State Representative
  • Kathy Szenda Wilson, Co-executive Director of BC Pulse and Ward 4 Battle Creek City Commissioner
  • Lee Adams, Director, Southcentral Michigan Planning Council and Community Development Leader, W.E. Upjohn Institute
  • Lorie Upright, Director of Technology Services, Calhoun Intermediate School District
  • Dr. Paul Watson, Vice President for Instruction, Kellogg Community College
  • Dr. Raymond Barclay, Chief Planning Officer, Albion College
  • Ben Tenney, Housing Director, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi
  • Karla Fales, CEO, CareWell Services 

Staff Support
Kelli Scott, Calhoun County Administrator/Controller
Lucy Blair, Calhoun County Communications Manager
Lynn Meikle, Calhoun County Communications Coordinator

Four strategic areas for the Calhoun County Broadband Task Force: 
Access
Adoption
Affordability
Literacy

Questions about this initiative can also be sent to information@calhouncountymi.gov.

Task Force Updates
September 30, 2021
November 24, 2021
January 5, 2022
March 14, 2022
June 30, 2022
Broadband Countywide Survey
With the assistance of the Michigan Moonshot Initiative and Merit, we conducted a countywide survey in 2021 asking residents about their experience with and access to broadband internet. Those results were presented to the Broadband Task Force in late February. 

Survey Results and Findings
Data Findings - Presentation
Executive Findings Report
County Summary

This survey was paid for by community partners and not taxpayer dollars. Thank you to community partners who saw the need and helped to make this possible: 
  • Albion College
  • Kellogg Community College
  • CareWell Services
  • Calhoun County Intermediate School District
  • Battle Creek Unlimited
  • Battle Creek Community Foundation
  • Public Health Department - CARES Funding 

Articles
June 13, 2021: "Here's what's happening to bridge Calhoun County's digital divide" by Elena Durnbaugh; Battle Creek Enquirer

May 19, 2021: "Momentum building to address disparities in internet service across Calhoun County" by Jane Simons; On The Ground Calhoun County

March 18, 2022 "Three key takeaways from Calhoun County's broadband survey" in Battle Creek Enquirer