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Blog // Connect Michigan

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 MyFox9.com 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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Connected Nation’s Research Team Shares Insights on Internet Usage at the MASAL Conference

By Wil Payton

Connected Nation staffers will leave the confines of their research domain this week and travel to a more scholarly venue in Michigan where they will present at the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters (MASAL) annual conference on March 2. Chris McGovern, manager, Research Development, and Hongqiang Sun, research analyst, will give a presentation titled Portrait of the Internet Power User: Demographic Indicators of Frequent Internet Usage. Their report goes beyond subscriber numbers to see how people are really using broadband service at home. “We’re interested not only in broadband availability and adoption, but also in usage,”...

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WiMAX Brings Needed Internet Functionality to Houghton

By Wil Payton

Northern Michigan University students will soon have new options for broadband access. Northern Michigan University has partnered with BB Telsys, a Grand Rapids telecommunications company, to bring WiMAX to the Houghton community. WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) is a communication technology for wirelessly delivering high-speed Internet service to large geographical areas. When the system is fully developed Northern Michigan University students with WiMAX capable laptops will be able to use it without a fee. It will also have the potential to generate revenue because the high-speed Internet service will be available...

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Connect Michigan Releases USF Mobility Fund Eligibility Maps & Analysis

By CMI Staff

Ensuring ubiquitous availability of next-generation mobile broadband networks is critical to economic development and growth. Recognizing this importance, the Federal Communications Commission later this year will distribute $300 million in subsidies to support the construction of high-speed mobile broadband networks in areas that do not currently have mobile broadband access. Today, Connect Michigan is releasing an analysis of the FCC’s preliminary list of areas in Michigan that are eligible for the FCC’s Mobility Fund. On February 10, 2012, the FCC released a list of areas in Michigan census blocks that it had determined do not currently...

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