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Blog // Connect Michigan

Letting Citizens Have Their Say

By Wil Payton

Taking turns on a state run Twitter account Vermont has taken a page out of Sweden’s social media playbook by turning over the state’s Twitter account to private citizens to tweet about their daily lives for a week. This is a pretty progressive move for a state with an older demographic (second-oldest median age nationally according to the 2010 census). State policymakers believe this is a chance to cultivate a more contemporary image to attract more tourist and younger residents. In The New York Times article Jen Butson, director of communications for the state’s Department of Tourism provided the following insight: “It’s neat that we can...

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Updated: Telcos Make Broadband Deployment Commitments to FCC

By Tom Koutsky

Updated: Read the CN Policy Brief on the Connect America Fund Phase I filings Continue reading CAF Phase I filing story, original posted July 24, 2012: Today, several of the larger telephone companies made multi-million dollar commitments to the FCC to deploy broadband in currently unserved areas of the country.  These providers will build out broadband to these areas over the next three years, in exchange for a one-time payment of $775 per location from the FCC’s new Connect America Fund. Frontier, CenturyLink, Windstream, FairPoint, Consolidated, ACS, and other providers made detailed filings before the FCC today. ...

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Examining Broadband’s Economic Impact

By Wil Payton

Does broadband get the attention due considering its impact on the economy? A recently released Connect Minnesota report noted that broadband-connected businesses in Minnesota bring in $200,000 more in media annual revenues. A Connect Michigan study reported that Broadband-connected Michigan businesses with fewer than 20 employees report median annual revenues of approximately $300,000, compared to just $100,000 among similarly sized competitors that do not use broadband From a more global perspective consider the following excerpt from a CNBC guest blog written by Stephen Alexander, CTO, Senior VP, Products and Technology at Ciena...

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The Michigan Rural Council needs your vote!

By Wil Payton

Public voting for the Rural Digital Grants Program is open andthe deadline is Thursday, July 19 Last month, the Michigan Rural Council submitted an application for the Rural Digital Advocacy Grants Program, which provides $10,000 mini-grants to rural policy networks to apply digital tools in their advocacy work. The proposal that receives the most public votes between today and Thursday, July 19, will also be awarded grant funding to implement the project.    Vote today for MRC's project: "Broadband - Community Conversations in a Box." It only takes a moment to vote and no e-mail address is...

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