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Blog // Connect Michigan

TECH WEEK: Bandwidth Basics - What Are Mbps and How Many Do I Need?

By Connected Nation

 It's #techweek in America, and Connected Nation is kicking it off by bringing you back to the basics by helping all of us understand what exactly bandwidth is all about and what your speed means.  For starters, all online activities require bandwidth, which is measured in megabits per second (Mbps). Internet service providers (ISPs) generally charge more for additional bandwidth, but is the extra speed worth the extra cost? Getting the right connection can save money without sacrificing a quality online experience, and knowing bandwidth basics can help you make an informed decision. What is a bit and what is a byte?A bit is the...

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Expressions of Interest from Michigan Focus on Fiber to the Premise Projects in FCC Rural Broadband Experiment Program

By Connected Nation

Expressions of interest filed from Michigan for the FCC’s Rural Broadband Experiment program cover areas throughout the state and recommend various technology types, however, proposed projects primarily include service expansion ideas through fiber to the premise networks.  Last January, the FCC voted to create the Rural Broadband Experiment program that it hopes will help shape and adjust its Connect America Fund (CAF) broadband subsidy program. These rural broadband experiments mark the first opportunity for providers that are not the incumbent local telephone company in a particular area to receive CAF subsidies to build and operate...

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Connect Michigan Goes Global!

By CMI Staff

Connect Michigan’s work to develop comprehensive technology action plans in communities throughout the state has garnered international interest. This summer, Connect Michigan State Program Manager Eric Frederick is traveling to South Korea, Japan, China, and Malaysia to share Michigan’s lessons and stories for broadband and technology expansion with government officials, academics, and many others. This blog series provides highlights from his trip as well as updates on Connect Michigan’s efforts to put the state at the forefront of the digital economy. What follows is the first in our new blog series about Eric’s trip abroad. Enjoy!...

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