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Blog // Connect Michigan

Building Rural Broadband From the Ground Up

By Eric Frederick

When John Reigle found out he couldn't get the telephone service he was promised to his new home and home-based business in rural Northeast Michigan, he decided to take a bold step. He started his own telecommunications company. In the 1990's, Reigle relocated to rural Northeast Michigan with assurances that the nearby telephone provider would connect his new home. After his home was built, he learned that connecting the location—like many other homes in the area—was impossible. Surrounded by forests, lakes, and farms, with few towns and no major cities, the area was completely cut off, lacking even resources to make 911 emergency calls. The...

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Businesses Looking at Fiber Internet in Clare, MI

By Eric Frederick

From teleconferencing to website management, email, online research, downloading or uploading videos, social media management, and much more, Internet access and use is an essential consideration for most businesses. From large corporations and headquarters to mid-sized manufacturing firms and even small businesses with ten to fifty employees, broadband is quickly becoming an important factor when examining where to locate, relocate, or start up a new branch of the business. A business that can't regularly access the Internet is not only cut off from home-base communications like email and cloud-hosting but also can't communicate or reach...

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The Future of Mobile Michigan

By Eric Frederick

Mobile and wireless technology is quickly shaping the future of broadband applications, whether it's a pioneering innovation like a self-driving car, or something as simple as synchronizing your alarm clock and your coffee maker. Seeing the need and growing demand for mobile applications, Michigan is taking part in this cutting-edge field and becoming a leader in mobile technology. Mobile and wireless technologies encompass a vast range of jobs throughout dozens of diverse industries. Though smartphones, tablets, and the software that supports them are a significant part of mobile tech, its evolution far exceeds phones and computers. This $2...

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Michigan's First Fiber Community

By Eric Frederick

Cities such as Chattanooga, Atlanta, and now Detroit, Michigan are becoming known as Gigabyte Cities, or Fiber Cities, thanks to their state-of-the-art fiber Internet connections. Whether owned by municipalities, in the case of Chattanooga, or by national ISPs like Google Fiber in Atlanta and others, these light-speed connections have put cities on the radar for tech entrepreneurs, investors, Fortune 500 companies, and homeowners looking for Internet speeds to keep up with work and entertainment. Thanks to local ISP Rocket Fiber, Detroit is now joining the roster of Fiber Cities, however, Detroit was not Michigan's first. That title goes to...

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