Closing the Digital Divide Gap:
The North and South Cases of Morehouse
and Grant Parishes
Grant and Morehouse Parishes, both rural, had suffered manufacturing decline in the last decade, and are suburban, "bedroom" communities to adjacent metropolitan areas. Both would benefit tremendously from broadband engagement and a pathway to attracting infrastructure for critically needed development (and entre to a more competitive economic environment).
Kisatchie-Delta Regional Planning & Development District (for this Grant Parish area e-Network Broadband Pilot) and North Delta Regional Planning & Development District (for Morehouse Parish) joined together to obtain funding from the Division of Administration's Office of Information Technology, using federal resources from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, to conduct a program of engaging local businesses, local governments, and non-profit and/or trade associations in accessing training and hands-on assistance to promote improved Broadband presence.
This site offers information on the efforts to
CONNECT GRANT PARISH FOR GREATNESS!
The Louisiana Division of Administration (DOA) is hosting this broadband mapping website as a public service to the citizens of Louisiana. The mapping and other associated information presented herein is only as accurate as the source data provided by the actual broadband service providers as updated semiannually. (Current as of December 31, 2013) View it here.
Louisiana Broadband Mapping
As part of this Grant Parish Broadband presence development, a CONNECT GRANT PARISH FOR GREATNESS FaceBook Page was begun to encourage the exchange and local promotion between Grant Parish businesses, local communities, non-profits, and citizens (aka consumers). View Connect Grant for Greatness on FaceBook by clicking here.
Note, the cover image is of the historic fire tower and the profile image is of a communications tower. Both have their place in Grant Parish's development.
Connect Grant for Greatness
Online tools provide a variety of directions in which to embrace Broadband as a development tool. Check out the Morehouse Parish project. View The Connect Morehouse Parish Project and its PDF Summary here.