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Blog // Connect Michigan

Free Google Resources for Growing Your Business Online

By Amanda Murphy

In partnership with Connect Michigan, Connect Ohio, Ohio Telecommunications Association, and Telecommunications Association of Michigan, Google - the world’s online search leader - conducted two free Growing Your Business Online workshops last week at the Great Lakes Technology Showcase in Toledo, Ohio. Both workshops had full attendance and participants received tips and information for utilizing Google resources to increase, monitor, and maintain their business’ web presence.   Many of Google’s resources are free and available online at Below is a list of topics covered during the workshops...

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Soldier Stationed Overseas Witnesses Son’s Birth via Broadband

By Wil Payton

Broadband does more than provide faster access to information. This touching story reveals how it can be the tool that keeps families connected. A Minnesota National Guardsman was scheduled to be home in time for his son’s birth, but apparently the baby had other plans. An extract from the story is below: Those who fight in our armed forces are often away from home during important family moments -- sometimes including the birth of a child. However, new technology can help bridge large distances, and one Minnesota guardsman was able to witness his son's birth via Skype. Jon Anderson was supposed to be home for Emmet's birth, but...

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A Broadband Success Story in Lower Northern Michigan

By Wil Payton

  Clare County, Michigan has rolling hillsides, heavy foliage, and low-density housing which makes the county aesthetically appealing and technologically challenged. The landscape has natural barriers that could hamper high-speed Internet development and possibly undermine economic growth. Perhaps that’s why the county is noted for having the second highest poverty rate of all Michigan counties. Fewer than 30,000 residents spread out over roughly 13,000 households populate this stretch of approximately 566 square miles. Many residents of rural Clare County went without broadband service until a couple of years ago, because high-speed...

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Broadband Installation will benefit Thumb

By CMI Staff

  From Kate Hessling | Huron Daily Tribune BAD AXE — The president of Agri-Valley Communications, Inc. said Thumb Cellular will install close to 340 miles of fiber optic broadband in the Tri-County area by 2013.   Edwin Eichler explained Thumb Cellular, which is owned by Agri-Valley Communications, Inc (AVCI), is doing a 4G LTE broadband network with Verizon to provide wireless high speed data for cell phones. AVCI currently is working on installing the fiber optic broadband needed to support that venture.   “We’ll be going to almost all of our 48-plus sites to help improve service for everyone,” Eichler said.   The...

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