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Blog // Connect Michigan

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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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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