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Blog // Connect Michigan

FCC Increases Broadband Speed Target

By Connected Nation

Yesterday, the FCC voted to increase the national broadband availability target from 4 Mbps down/1 Mbps up to 10 Mbps down/1 Mbps up fixed. It could mean that faster Internet speeds will be coming sooner to communities across the nation.  Our efforts in Connected Nation states has brought quality broadband to more homes, schools, and businesses -- but as the graph below shows, there is still work to be done to meet these new goals.  Affordable, fast, Internet is bringing new opportunities and prosperity to underserved areas across the nation, and our teams are leading the way to bridge the digital divide.  Want to learn more...

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Four Projects in Michigan Awarded in Rural Broadband Experiment Auction

By CMI Staff

Last Friday, the FCC released the list of the “provisional” winners of the Rural Broadband Experiment auction. The good news? Four projects in Michigan have been given funding.  This was the first time the FCC had awarded Connect America Fund subsidies for fixed broadband through competitive bids. Bids were due November 7 and were awarded based on cost-effectiveness comparison to the FCC Connect America Fund Cost model. Forty projects were awarded in the $100 million budgeted for the experiments. Of these, 15 projects accounting for $41.7 million are in our Connected Nation footprint (42% of all awards). Awards were given in Iowa,...

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Motivating Michigan Students To Pursue STEM Careers

By Wil Payton

Getting Michigan students interested in pursuing a STEM career can pose quite a challenge. But some state educational institutions are being highlighted for their benchmark approaches to meeting this challenge. The University of Michigan, Michigan State, and Michigan Tech are three universities that, according to experts, are making strides in generating interest in STEM careers. Below is an excerpt from a Michigan News article on this subject: Researchers said the state’s universities and high schools could do more to know what options await STEM graduates upon graduation.It could mean telling students about job and internship opportunities...

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Will you join us?

By Connected Nation

Today, millions across the United States will join together to give back and help others through the “Giving Tuesday” initiative. The goal is simple, but profound: in this season of giving, we celebrate generosity and charity by working together to help others.Digital Works is a revolutionary effort that trains people and connects them with good, skilled jobs. The initiative is a sustainable job creation program bringing technology-based jobs to the unemployed.Our program is made possible by generous supporters who have helped us grow and provide: Training for the 21st Century Workforce Job Seeker Mentorship & Placement Teleworking...

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