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Blog // Connect Michigan

Building Broadband Above Obstacles in Rural Michigan

By Connected Nation

Ogemaw County has made it easier for ISPs to extend broadband coverage in the area by going upward. A newly completed vertical assets inventory includes barns, poles, towers, water towers, silos, and other tall structures across 14 townships in Ogemaw County. With this information, ISPs can install broadband infrastructure on tall structures in the area and significantly reduce the investment required. The Ogemaw County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) partnered with Michigan Works! Region 7B Consortium, the Ogemaw County Technology Planning Team, and the Northeast Michigan Council of Governments (NEMCOG) to complete the vertical...

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Remote Office, Home Office, Your Office in Harbor Springs

By Connected Nation

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that 40% of Americans will work at home in some form by 2020. Harbor Springs is taking advantage of this trend and working preemptively to make the area a hotspot for remote workers. The newly proposed co-working space, under the working title Remote Office/ Home Office or ROHO, will give remote workers of all types a place to focus, work, and connect with others. Distractions, isolation, and a lack of reliable technology are often named as some chief concerns among remote or at-home workers. The Harbor Springs ROHO space proposed by HARBOR Inc. solves these problems for the area’s home-based business...

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Bridging Michigan’s Social and Digital Divides

By Jessica Denson

When the Michigan State University’s Institute of Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) needed some background for its look at the social and digital divides in the state, it looked to Connect Michigan to provide some of the important data needed. This important policy and research paper examines the inequalities tied to the non-use or use of the Internet and related information technologies. The paper’s authors spoke with Eric Frederick, Executive Director of Connect Michigan, a subsidiary of Connected Nation, which is working to close the digital divide in America. Frederick, also the Director of Connected Nation’s Connected Community...

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Farmers Need Tech Too

By Jessica Denson

Happy National Agriculture Day! On this day meant for our ag industry, we want to talk about an important issue—getting broadband access for our nation's farmers. Farmers and technology may not, at first, sound like they go together. But, if you think that's the case, you would be wrong. Modern farmers use technology for everything from monitoring important weather changes to general farm equipment. For farmers with an Internet connection, their use of technology has truly transformed their operations. It's another important reason why we must continue our work to become a Connected Nation. These stats provide a glimpse into the use of an...

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