Visit Connected Nation Website

Government in Lake County, Michigan

Return to community

Residents and businesses in a community are served by several political subdivisions. From municipalities such as cities, villages, and townships, to boroughs, counties, regional development groups, utility districts, local expressions of state and federal agencies, and many others, communities comprise several overlapping jurisdictions, all with varying responsibilities. Internet connectivity and related broadband-enabled applications, allows these political subdivisions to take advantage of new and innovative ways to deliver existing or additional services to the public. E-government services allow citizens to conduct business and communicate with their local units of government and political subdivisions more efficiently and conveniently, allowing for greater civic participation and efficient use of public resources. The data below show the connectivity and use of technology among political subdivisions in the community compared to those in other communities participating in Connected Nation’s Connected program. These data should be used to make informed decisions and implement solutions for improving connectivity in the community. This information was gathered through surveys distributed in the community.

Broadband Adoption Adoption Barriers Download Speed Digital Com. Public Wi-Fi Websites Satisfaction

Broadband Adoption

This chart shows the percent of political subdivisions that subscribe to various types of broadband services or that are without a connection. Fixed connections are those provided by cable, DSL, fiber, or fixed wireless technology while non-fixed connections include dial-up, satellite, and mobile-only services. These types of internet services, while providing basic access, can often be plagued by connection latency, have costly monthly data plans, or can be impacted by weather, terrain, large expanses of open water, and other environmental factors.

  Fixed   Non-Fixed   No Connection

Lake County, Michigan Date Range: 11/1/2019 to 8/1/2020, All Communities Date Range: 1/1/2017 to 12/31/2020

Barriers to Broadband Adoption

This chart shows the primary reason political subdivisions do not or cannot subscribe to broadband. The chart compares government offices in the community to those across other participating communities.

  Don't need it   No computers   Too expensive   Not available   Too complicated   Security risk   The internet is a distraction to staff   Not trained   Other

Lake County, Michigan Date Range: 11/1/2019 to 8/1/2020, All Communities Date Range: 1/1/2017 to 12/31/2020

Download Speed

Connection speeds can have a major impact on how the internet is used. This chart shows the average reported download speed among political subdivisions in the community compared to those in other Connected communities.

Lake County, Michigan Date Range: 11/1/2019 to 8/1/2020, All Communities Date Range: 1/1/2017 to 12/31/2020

Digital Communications

Digital communications tools are critical for political subdivisions to communicate with the public and encourage public participation in all matters of community development. This chart shows the average frequency with which political subdivisions use various digital communications tools. Additionally, the second chart shows the frequency with which residents in the community report that they digitally interact with local and county governmental entities. Examining the digital interaction of residents and the digital communications tools used by political subdivisions can help identify ways to increase digital civic engagement.

  At least once a day   At least once a week   At least once a month   Less than once a month   Never

How Often Households Go Online to Interact with Local Government
  At least once a day   At least once a week   At least once a month   Less than once a month   Never

Lake County, Michigan Date Range: 11/1/2019 to 8/1/2020, All Communities Date Range: 1/1/2017 to 12/31/2020

Public Wi-Fi

Public Wi-Fi can assist in creating a better-connected community by providing additional access points for those with devices limited by mobile data plans or those without mobile broadband capability. This chart shows the percent of political subdivisions in the community that offer free public Wi-Fi access compared to those in other Connected communities.

  Yes   No

Lake County, Michigan Date Range: 11/1/2019 to 8/1/2020, All Communities Date Range: 1/1/2017 to 12/31/2020

Websites

The website of a political subdivision may be the first point of contact a resident or business may have with local government when an issue arises or information is required. This chart shows the percent of political subdivisions with a website in the community compared to those in other Connected communities.

  Yes   No

Lake County, Michigan Date Range: 11/1/2019 to 8/1/2020, All Communities Date Range: 1/1/2017 to 12/31/2020

Service Satisfaction

Competition provides communities with choices for service, allowing them the ability to switch providers if their current service does not meet their needs. This chart shows the percent of political subdivisions who state that their internet service meets or does not meet their needs, as well as the various reasons why they may not be satisfied with their service.

  Yes   No

Reasons for Dissatisfaction

Lake County, Michigan Date Range: 11/1/2019 to 8/1/2020, All Communities Date Range: 1/1/2017 to 12/31/2020

Technology Applications

Beyond a website and beyond the many forms of digital communications, there are more advanced ways in which a political subdivision can leverage technology to improve civic participation and the provision of services to residents, businesses, and institutions. This chart shows the use and interest in a variety of technologies among political subdivisions in the community.

  Currently Using   Not Using but Will in 1 Year   Not Using but Will in 2-5 Years   Not Using, No Plans, but Interested   Not Interested

Lake County, Michigan Date Range: 11/1/2019 to 8/1/2020, All Communities Date Range: 1/1/2017 to 12/31/2020