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Blog // Connect Michigan

March Connected Communities

By Sarah Synovec

During the month of March, two communities in Michigan, Gladwin County and Wexford County, completed their assessments and are now officially certified Connected communities. Both of these communities undertook an extensive broadband landscape assessment to analyze areas they can improve. The goals are outlined in each community’s Technology Action Plan. To view the Technology Action Plans for Gladwin County and Wexford County, click below: Gladwin County Wexford County These plans outline step-by-step, attainable goals to help these communities improve their economic development through broadband access, adoption, and use. The certification...

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Marquette County Becomes First Certified Connected Community in the Upper Peninsula

By Sarah Synovec

Gathering to celebrate Marquette County’s Connected community certification on February 13, 2015, from left are: Steve Arwood, CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation; Caralee Swanberg, director of business development for the Lake Superior Community Partnership; Thyra Karlstrom, Marquette County senior planner; and Robert Eslinger, director of Northern Michigan University’s Center for Rural Community and Economic Development. Marquette County is now the first certified Connected community in the Upper Peninsula and the 11th in the Michigan. The Marquette County Broadband Initiative (MCBI) team worked with Connect...

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Fiber Optic Internet Service Available in Lansing

By Wil Payton

Thousands of homes in Lansing have access to fiber optic Internet service thanks to LightSpeed, a local startup providing service with speeds of 1 gigabit per second. This kind of speed is common in government, the tech sectors and and education but it’s a rare offering at the residential level. Below is an excerpt from a City Pulse article on this development: Comcast and AT&T are not offering fiber optic Internet in Michigan and don’t have plans to in the near future. The typical household might have 6 to 30 megabits per second with cable or DSL lines. To read more click here. Be sure to follow Connect Michigan on Facebook and Twitter...

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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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