BALDWIN — The second meeting of the Lake County Community Internet Planning Team will be hosted by the Business Development Authority of Lake County on Thursday, April 9.

This meeting will help steer Lake County's future and the initiative ultimately will decide what would be the best avenue regarding the county's communication and broadband internet services

At the meeting, the results from the community survey on internet usage conducted late last year will be examined, the implications of FCC Rural Broadband Experiment will be explained and discussed and an ad-hoc committee to develop Lake County's internet strategy will be formed.

Additionally, those in attendance will meet with representatives from area internet providers.

Through this initiative, Connected Michigan, an organization working to ensure everyone in the state can experience the benefits of broadband, will work with the Michigan Public Service Commission and the BDALC to develop and implement effective strategies for internet access, adoption and use in Lake County. As a connected community, Lake County will have accelerated the availability and use of technology toward creating a better business environment, more effective community and economic development, improved healthcare, enhanced education and more efficient government.

"We've worked very hard to bring this into Lake County," said Carol Stelly, the BDALC secretary treasurer. "It's basically done now and it's in the hands of the service providers and seeing what money we can get from the government. We want to ensure everyone in the community can get a voice in that."

The meeting will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, at the MichiganWorks! Baldwin Service Center, at 5252 M-37, Baldwin, MI 49304

For more information, contact Larry Lewis at (231) 715-1887 or email the BDALC at lakebusinesscenter@gmail.com.