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Blog // Connect Michigan

E-rate Reform Offers Key Opportunity to Further Close Digital Divide

By Connected Nation

The FCC is in process of reforming the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund -- better known as "E-rate."  Last week, the FCC received comments  from over 700 members of the public – educators, librarians, state and local government, industry members, and non-profit companies – including Connected Nation – all that are working to bridge the digital divide for our nation’s students.  Connected Nation’s comments focus on three key points that the FCC should follow as it modernizes the E-rate program:  Connectivity at the School, in the Classroom, and at Home.  Connected Nation believes that the...

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Maps of Proposed Connect America Fund, Phase I, Broadband Upgrades

By Connected Nation

Today, Connected Nation unveils a set of maps of the areas that broadband providers have proposed to receive subsidies to upgrade to broadband, as part of the FCC’s Connect America Fund Phase I. In May 2013, the FCC made available to certain broadband providers up to $485 million in one-time subsidies to build-out broadband to areas that currently do not have access to fixed broadband at speeds of 3 Mbps download/768 kbps upload. In August, these service providers filed lists of areas in which they propose to build out broadband using these one-time subsidies. These filings were based on the broadband mapping data collected by...

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One Year Later, Dozens of Communities Connected

By Connected Nation

This month marks one year since Charlevoix County, MI became the first Connected certified community in the country. We’ve commemorated the event in style by celebrating the country’s ninth Connected community – Van Wert County, OH. A rural county located on the southern edge of northwest Ohio’s rich agricultural region, Van Wert County has a large number of residents employed in the agricultural industry, and while the cost of living is low, the county has lost more than 5% of its population since 1990. With a shrinking populace, community leaders have been working harder than ever to do more with less. Led by Kim Brandt, Van Wert County’...

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Commitments Announced for FCC’s Connect America Fund: Phase 1

By Connected Nation

On August 20, larger (“price cap”) local telephone companies began making commitments to the FCC to build out fixed broadband service to thousands of homes and businesses that do not have access to broadband service today. These commitments are part of the Phase I of the FCC’s Connect America Fund (CAF), which offers one-time, per-location payments to these providers to upgrade their networks. All told, more than 600,000 homes and businesses could see broadband network upgrades as a result of this program. Over the next few days, the FCC will review this information, compare it to the availability data on the National Broadband Map,...

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