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Blog // Connect Michigan

Harbor Springs, MI Goes Social

By CMI Staff

With a population of just under 1,200, digital learning resources are hard for many residents of Harbor Springs, MI to find.  Harbor Area Regional Board of Resources, Inc. (HARBOR Inc.) and community partners are changing that with HarborActive, an interactive digital literacy training initiative.  HarborActive provides hands-on training across a variety of programs and applications, with classes designed for both businesses and casual users.   HARBOR Inc. began working with Connect Michigan in 2011, designing a Community Technology Action Plan to advance broadband adoption and use in the area.  HarborActive...

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The Right Time for a National Digital Inclusion Alliance

By CMI Staff

This week, Connect Michigan is honored to have Angela Siefer, Executive Director for the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) as our guest blogger. The Right Time for a National Digital Inclusion AllianceWritten by: Angela Siefer, NDIA Executive Director This is a special message to Connect Ohio's many allies and friends who work to help disadvantaged Ohioans become full participants in 21st Century America. I am so happy to announce the creation of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance. There is a clear need among non-profit organizations and libraries for a national broadband adoption advocacy organization. Three federal agencies (...

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Shiawassee County, Michigan Features Leading Fiber Optic Internet Capabilities

By CMI Staff

Fiber optic communications has revolutionized broadband, delivering one gigabit (1000 megabits) or more of data per second to its users.  Gigabit Internet reaches customers faster than ever before, allowing for movie downloads in seconds, providing TV and phone services, exceptional online gaming experiences and a host of business functions.  Owosso, Michigan and Shiawassee County are breaking into fiber Internet through local provider DayStarr Communications and leading Michigan’s residential and business communities in broadband service. A report conducted by the I-69 Thumb Region economic development partners, a collaborative...

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Advancing Digital Literacy in Houghton County, Michigan

By CMI Staff

For those new to technology, the Computer Help for Adults program at Portage Lake District Library is unlocking the unknown.  Residents come from Portage Lake in Houghton County, MI as well as surrounding towns to work one-on-one with students at Michigan Technological University (MTU) to learn about new devices.  The Computer Help for Adults program is one of many initiatives in Houghton County that has awarded them status as a Connected certified community.  Houghton County celebrates their achievement in June, becoming the second Connected certified community in Michigan’s rural Upper Peninsula.   Every Friday...

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