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Blog // Connect Michigan

Connected Program Partner Expands Broadband Over Mountains, Across the Nation

By Eric Frederick

Partnerships with influential businesses and nonprofit groups give Connected Nation (CN) and its Connected Community Engagement Program the tools to reach more communities and connect more residents to fast, reliable broadband. One of Connected's newest partners, 2pifi, expands broadband networks into the most challenging rural areas, creating powerful networks through innovative technology when many other options have failed. The radio towers or fiber lines that broadband relies on may be blocked by mountains and trees, community zoning ordinances, protected wildlife areas, or, most commonly, insufficient demand. Many rural areas don't...

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USDA Accepting Applications for $11M in Grants To Further Broadband to Rural Communities

By Amanda Murphy

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications for grants through its Community Connect program. This program helps fund broadband access in unserved communities and is administered by USDA’s Rural Utilities Service. More than $11 million in grants will be awarded for broadband infrastructure, as well as broadband for community centers and public institutions. For 2016, the minimum grant amount will be $100,000, and the maximum is $3 million. For more information on the application process for the grants, see the April 18, 2016 Federal Register. Read the news release distributed by the USDA on April 18, 2016.

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FCC Approves Broadband Consumer Labels

By Amanda Murphy

Earlier this month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released voluntary labels for broadband providers to use to disclose speeds, data caps, prices, and more for consumer broadband service. These labels were proposed by the Commission’s Consumer Advisory Committee as a safe harbor for broadband providers to comply with the 2015 Open Internet Order, otherwise known as the Net Neutrality Order. In the 2015 Open Internet Order, the Commission asked providers to give consumers their prices, performance, and network practices in a simple, easy-to-understand way—similar to nutrition labels. Below is the broadband label template. Read...

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Broadband Planning for a Sustainable Community

By Amanda Murphy

At the recent American Planning Association 2016 National Conference, Connected Nation’s Eric Frederick had the opportunity to present the ConnectedSM Community Engagement Program as part of a discussion about broadband planning for building sustainable communities. The Connected program was presented alongside presentations from BroadbandUSA, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), and the city and county of San Francisco, California. Planning, as a profession, strives to create better communities. By examining and forecasting a community’s...

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