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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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Broadband is more available and higher speeds are becoming more common in many Michigan counties

By CMI Staff

  Connect Michigan today released an updated assessment of the broadband market in Michigan. Data collected and reflected in this update indicate much higher broadband availability in many Michigan counties, both at higher speed tiers and by certain platforms, than the data collected in the fall of 2010. The report is made public online at http://www.connectmi.org/research/broadband_planning_report.php. Key findings from this report: (Note: The data in this report are subject to data validation.)   • From October 2010 to April 2011, the data indicate a change from 121,701 to 87,786 unserved households (or 2.32% of total...

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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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Comcast Launches Low-Cost Internet Program In Michigan

By CMI Staff

  Comcast recently launched a new program called “Internet Essentials” at Focus: HOPE, an organization dedicated to developing intelligent and practical solutions to the problems of hunger, economic disparity, inadequate education, and racial divisiveness in southeast Michigan. This initiative has the potential for being an important step toward bridging the digital divide for the estimated 183,358 children in Michigan who do not have home broadband service, according to the 2010 Connect Michigan Residential Technology Assessment. The Technology Assessment also lists the barriers to broadband adoption, a few of which are addressed...

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