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Blog // Connect Michigan

Muskegon Businesses now Have Large-Volume Internet Access

By Wil Payton

Michigan businesses now have access to a more robust broadband infrastructure. Frontier Communications has upgraded its network with large-volume services designed for bandwidth-intensive industries and data centers. Future plans call for the expansion of Internet services throughout Muskegon County, including residential DSL services to rural areas of the region. This bodes well for the economic revitalization of businesses in Muskegon. A 2011 Connect Michigan Business Technology Survey estimated that broadband-connected businesses in Michigan bring in $200,000 more in median annual revenues. “Frontier is delivering on the commitment to...

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Happy Valentine's Day! Tell Us: Is Love Easier to Find in an Online World?

By Wil Payton

Ever found yourself looking for love through your computer? Match.com claims that at least 1 in 5 relationships begin online. Since 1997 a substantial number of singles have met partners through online dating sites according to a new study led by Northwestern University Associate Professor of Psychology Eli Finkel. Below is an excerpt of an article by Digital Trends that examines the science of online matchmaking: Ever tried to find love through your computer? Online dating has grown into a large, billion dollar industry over the past 15 years, and has become a mainstream way to meet your future mate. However, a new study, led by...

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The Increasing Impact of Social Media in Politics

By Wil Payton

Nearly 200,000 phone calls, 7 million online signatures, and over 2.4 million tweets opposing the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) recently demonstrated how social media has become a force to be reckoned with in today’s political arena. Forty-eight hours of online activism, and over 1,000 protesters showing up in person, stopped legislation being promoted by some of the most powerful lobbies in Washington D.C. Below is an excerpt from a Washington Post article on the emergence of social media —and the technology world — as a phenomenon akin to awakening a sleeping giant. You’ve read how Facebook and Twitter fueled the Arab Spring uprising. You...

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