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Blog // Connect Michigan

Rural Broadband Works … and could work for Michigan

By CMI Staff

From Michael Lesich Michigan is transitioning from its 20th Century industrial roots to a global, interconnected, knowledge- based economy. Decisions about the future of our state’s economic direction are being made in the boardrooms of private companies and the halls of our state capitol. The most important innovation of my lifetime, the Internet, relies increasingly on a solid broadband infrastructure (land-based and mobile), to carry exponentially increasing traffic. Robust and universal access to the Internet is vital to the companies and residents of Michigan and the United States. However, we are still a long way from that critical...

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Obama Administration Releases Report, Highlights Rural Broadband Expansion

By CMI Staff

  From Jeneba Ghatt | POLITIC365 Published August 21, 2011   The White House Rural Council released the report Jobs and Economic Security in Rural America which highlighted the fact that many rural communities “have lower incomes, higher poverty rates, worse health outcomes, and lower educational attainment than urban and suburban areas.” Highlighted was the expansion of broadband access to over “7 million rural Americans, including 3 million rural households and over 350,000 rural businesses” in the August 2011 report.   To combat the negative factors presented, the Council presented its findings and made specific...

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Leaders call for broadband expansion in rural Michigan

By CMI Staff

  By Nick DeLeeuw | East Village Magazine The Blue Water Chamber of Commerce today joined Custer Township Supervisor John Knoerr and St. Clair Commission Chairman Jeffery Bohm to call on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington, D.C., to expand access to hi-speed mobile broadband service across St. Clair County and Michigan's entire thumb region. They cited recent studies that found access to broadband significantly benefits rural communities and their ability to create desperately needed new jobs.   The FCC is considering a proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile that, if approved, would provide access to...

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