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Blog // Connect Michigan

Governor Snyder Sees Broadband as an Essential Element for Michigan’s Revitalization

By Wil Payton

  “From government and schools to hospitals and private industry, our cyber networks are integral to Michigan’s infrastructure, economic growth, and quality of life.” Connect Michigan applauds Governor Rick Snyder for recognizing broadband as a vital component for revitalizing Michigan’s declining infrastructure. “Broadband is one of the infrastructures of the future,” said Gov. Snyder yesterday in his Special Message to the Legislature on Infrastructure. That is why, since 2009, the Michigan Public Service Commission has been partnering with Connect Michigan to engage in a comprehensive broadband planning and technology initiative....

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5 Tips for Protecting Your Identity Online

By CMI Staff

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness month. Below are tips to help you stay safe online: 1. Look at a Website’s privacy policy - Before submitting your name, e-mail address, or other personal information on a website, look for the site's privacy policy. 2. Look for evidence that your information is being encrypted - To protect attackers from hijacking your information, any personal information submitted online should be encrypted so that it can only be read by the appropriate recipient. 3. Do business with credible companies – Work with websites certified by an Internet trust organization such as BBBonline, TRUSTe, or...

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State and District Measures Require Students to Take Virtual Classes

By CMI Staff

From Michelle R. Davis | Education Week Published: October 17, 2011Two years ago, Tennessee’s Putnam County school system adopted an online-learning graduation requirement for its high school students. But district officials realized that not all students had high-speed Internet access at home, or even computers, so they came up with a variety of options to allow students to fulfill the requirement.   The state of Tennessee already mandated that all students take a class on personal finance, so Putnam County put its version online, complete with the district’s own online teachers. Students can complete the course independently before...

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Garden City Library to Upgrade Computers, Go Wi-fi

By CMI Staff

  From Sue Buck | Observer & Eccentric Published: October 16, 2011   Improvements are coming to the Garden City Library, and they include new computers and free wi-fi.   Lisa Hausman, interim Garden City Public Library director, announced the changes at the Oct. 10 Garden City Council meeting.   She reported on completion of the first phase of significant technology upgrade to the library's public and staff computers.   “The funding to enhance our Internet access became available through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program administered in our area by Michigan State University.” Hausman said. “This...

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