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Blog // Connect Michigan

Osceola County Dedicated to Getting Connected

By Eric Frederick

Recognizing that their county was being left behind in regard to Internet access and digital literacy, officials in Osceola County, Michigan, knew they needed to spark a change. In September 2012, Osceola County began a long journey of ongoing development and cooperation to make a positive change to Internet access, adoption, and use. And, 31 months later, their hard work, planning, and dedication has paid off. Osceola County is now recognized as a certified Connected community, showing quantifiable proof that levels of broadband use, availability, and digital literacy are in line with FCC benchmarks and are now at nationally competitive...

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March Connected Communities

By Sarah Hagen

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 Hagen

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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St. Clair County Becomes a Certified Connected Community

By Wil Payton

St. Clair County, Michigan is now officially a certified Connected community. The county became the sixth community in the nation to achieve certification under Connected Nation’s Connected Community Engagement Program. This achievement was commemorated at a public event Thursday at the St. Clair County Administrative Office Building in Port Huron. Photo caption: From left, Bill Kauffman, St. Clair County Administrator, and Lori Eschenburg, Broadband Team Champion and Planner, Metropolitan Planning Commission, receive the certification award from Eric Frederick, Connect Michigan program manager. To obtain Connected certification, St. Clair...

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