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Blog // Connect Michigan

Otsego County Workshop Will Demonstrate Business Technology Trends

By CMI Staff

Event designed to help businesses better understand technology topicslike cloud services, disaster recovery, bandwidth requirements Several leading technology providers will join together on Friday, May 16, to participate in the Gaylord Regional Technology Workshop in Otsego County. The event, produced in cooperation with Connect Michigan and the University Center Gaylord, will offer free educational information about networking and technology to local business leaders. CenturyLink, Charter, COMLINK, Frontier Communications, Lynx Network Group, SPI Innovations, TSS, Airiston, Gaslight Media, University Center Metropolitan Area Network, and...

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Michigan Allocates $6.8 Million to Fund Tech Startups

By Wil Payton

Early-stage tech startups in Michigan may be able to gain funding thanks to $6.8 million in state money designated by the Michigan Strategic Fund. The program, which will be managed by a new Detroit-based nonprofit Invest Michigan, is receiving money allocated by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Tech startups are slated to receive $5.8 million of the fund and $1 million will be used to assist university in getting tech startups to market. Charlie Moret is managing Invest Michigan. Below are some of his comments, in an Xcomony.com article, about the startup environment in Michigan: “Entrepreneurs can reach money quicker in...

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Key FCC action to advance the reform of the E-rate program

By Connected Nation

The Federal Communications Commission released yesterday a Public Notice (PN) requesting further comment regarding the E-rate program modernization reform. The E-rate program provides funding to support the  telecommunications and Internet access needs of schools and libraries across the nation. This new item advances the reform launched by the FCC on July 2013 (see E-rate Modernization NPRM) and sets the stage for the implementation of Chairman Wheeler’s vision for the reform of the program as advanced in his speech of February 5, 2014 (see White House and FCC Advance Plans to Connect America’s Schools and...

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Today Deadline for Expressions of Interest in FCC Rural Broadband Experiments program

By Connected Nation

Today marks the deadline for interested parties to file non-binding expressions of interest in the Rural Broadband Experiments (RBE) program first announced last month by the FCC. The program, which is spurring widespread interest with already dozens if not hundreds of submissions on the record, seeks funding proposals for projects to connect areas across the country that lack broadband access. The program hopes to incentivize deployment of “scalable” broadband networks in communities without ubiquitous broadband at speeds of at least 3 Mbps down/768 kbps up. This new funding program, which could be as large as $230 million, has drawn the...

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