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Blog // Connect Michigan

Getting Rural Michigan on the Broadband Bandwagon

By Wil Payton

For Michigan residents, it’s a given that broadband availability is a necessity for both economic development and for enhanced quality of life. In rural sectors of the state with light population density — and natural geographic features like rolling hills and forested landscapes — rural communities are often challenged when it comes to building a business case for providers to expand access to their service in outlying areas. Additionally, partial service in a community can impact how an area’s availability is calculated. Below is an excerpt from a Petoskeynews.com article on this issue: Tom Stephenson, community technology adviser with...

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2014 Michigan Broadband Conference Coming

By Wil Payton

Broadband and technology impact every aspect of our lives. From education and healthcare, to economic development and governance, the access, adoption, and use of broadband is imperative. To that end, you are cordially invited to the 2014 Michigan Broadband Conference. This year’s event will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders to share and learn best practices for leveraging technology for improved quality of life and community economic development. Wednesday, October 29 at the Radisson in downtown Lansing will be a prime opportunity for you to explore collaborations within and across sectors and to find unconventional solutions...

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Rural Michigan Communities Face Challenges Acquiring High-Speed Internet Access

By Wil Payton

Many Wexford, Lake County and other rural communities are less likely to have high-speed Internet access. A recent Cadillac News article highlighted the contrasting broadband download speeds throughout the state. Below is an excerpt from that article: While 75 percent of Wexford County households have access to broadband download speeds of 3 megabits per second, that's well below the state average of almost 98 percent. That stands in contrast to Osceola County, for example, where almost 100 percent of households had access to 3-mbps service, although Wexford County did far better in efforts to promote digital literacy. An assessment by...

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Get the Facts: Our 2014 Business Survey

By Wil Payton

    Want to know more about business broadband adoption in Michigan and our efforts to bridge the digital divide? Check out the infographic and share with your friends and family to spread the word about the incredible progress being made in our state!

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