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Blog // Connect Michigan

Connected Nation Staff on the Internet Advisor

By Wil Payton

Connect Michigan recently released a report on Teleworking in Michigan, and Chris McGovern, manager of research development for Connected Nation, was interviewed January 14 on the WJR-760 Internet Advisor program to provide some additional insight. Below is a portion of the dialogue from the interview: Chris: One in 5 Michiganders work from home at least part of the time. This translated to about a quarter of a million Michigan employees who say they are working from home on occasion. With unemployment rates being so high and with businesses working so hard to keep qualified workers, teleworking becomes a viable alternative. Host: This was...

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Governor Snyder Says Michigan Will do More to Increase Access to the Internet

By Wil Payton

Governor Rick Snyder addressed constituents Monday at the Greater Lansing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday luncheon where he talked about employment challenges for state residents. Specifically he noted that a lack of a computer is a barrier to finding a job and said he would use the state’s libraries to improve accessibility to www.mitalent.org, a state website to connect job seekers with employers unveiled in Snyder’s special message on talent December 1. To read more about the Governor’s proposed initiatives click here. On Thursday, January 19,  the Governor will have a post State of the State event in the form of an Online Town...

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Keeping the Door Locked to Your Online Accounts

By Wil Payton

Passwords are a pain to remember. That’s a given. It’s easy to go the quick route and choose a password based on personal information like a pet’s name or some not so random numerical selection like “123456”.  But if you don’t give some serious thought to the passwords you create then you might be jeopardizing your personal information and, even more importantly, your finances. There are hacker programs out there that can crack these types of passwords in a matter of seconds. The following article gives a few tips for protecting yourself by developing strong passwords. You are now under attack by machines After a hacking scare at Gawker...

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One Percent of Mobile Users Consume Half of World’s Bandwidth

By Wil Payton

Smart phones, tablets, and a growing public appetite for online content, are increasing the need for broadband speed, and for more bandwidth. The proliferation of hand-held computers has impacted the digital ecosystem in two significant ways—it has created a more diverse user population and it has raised the level of mobile data utilization to a point where this segment now consumes 90 percent of wireless bandwidth. Yet, with only 1% of mobile users consuming half of the world’s bandwidth, it is clear that there is still much work to be done to continue bridging the digital divide. Below is an excerpt from a New York Times article that...

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