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Blog // Connect Michigan

Gull Lake Area Community Moving Forward With the Connect Community Program

By Wil Payton

Gull Lake is a popular and scenic body of water in southwestern Michigan, often cited as one of the state’s “largest water playgrounds.” Surrounded by six townships spanning three counties, the Gull Lake Area is also home to several championship level golf courses, quiet residential communities, and more rural areas. Yet with all the regional amenities, several sections of the area remain unreachable by broadband, to the detriment of local residents and vacationers alike. In January, 19 representatives from these six townships and local Internet service providers met at the Richland Township Hall to partner with Connect Michigan in the “...

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St. Clair County Uses Broadband-Enabled App to Secure Borders

By CMI Staff

Contributor: Dan Manning, Community Technology Advisor Broadband is often cited as a great productivity tool in providing fast access to information while helping us work and live our lives more efficiently. But beyond simple conveniences, broadband has become critical path for developing new systems and applications that integrate real-time data with real-world situations. And nowhere is that more important than in the area of public safety and homeland security. St. Clair County, Michigan, is one of our participating “Connected Communities” and home to multiple international border crossings between the US and Canada. Just north of the...

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VIDEO: Michigan Public Safety Communications System Site on Wheels

By Wil Payton

What do first responders need for communications in areas with poor coverage, or where a tower has been damaged during an emergency situation or a natural disaster? The Michigan Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS) has a solution. It’s called the Site on Wheels, or SOW. Purchased in 2009 through grant funding, the site consists of two trailers. The main trailer has a majority of the end user equipment including a six channel trunked MPSCS site. Using point-to-point (PTP) microwave links, the SOW trunked site equipment can be linked back into the MPSCS and act as a fully functional wide area site. “The Department of Homeland Security’s...

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NTIA Announces Federal Funding Opportunity for the State and Local Implementation Grant Program

By Connected Nation

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced yesterday the much awaited Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO ) for the State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP).  With this, NTIA commences the key state-level planning process that will support the construction of a national public safety mobile broadband network (PSBN). The program was created by Congress in 2012 under the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 to assist state, local, and tribal governments with planning for a nationwide interoperable PSBN.  This grant will allow states to undertake the...

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