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Blog // Connect Michigan

Broadband Helps Michigan’s Economy Grow

By CMI Staff

By Hongqiang Sun, Research Analyst A new study from Connect Michigan shows that broadband impacts and improves Michigan’s economic outlook in many ways. Online applications such as online sales and online shopping enable Michigan residents to purchase goods or services from vendors around the world, in addition to selling goods and services in return. E-Learning helps increase degree attainment in Michigan, and teleworking and broadband use in the workplace helps Michigan businesses recruit and retain skilled and well-educated employees. Statewide, 71% (or approximately 5.4 million Michigan residents) subscribe to home broadband service, and...

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National Digital Literacy Day

By CMI Staff

Today is National Digital Literacy Day and we’re excited to be joining others in celebrating the progress being made to foster broadband adoption and Internet training in communities across the United States. But more work needs to be done. Millions of Americans are not online because they lack the skills and training. In fact, 15% of non-adopters say that they would subscribe to broadband if they had the skills to use the Internet. “Celebrating National Digital Literacy Day is a great way to highlight the importance of broadband adoption,” said Connect Minnesota Program Manager Bill Hoffman.  “Efforts to assist non-adopters...

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Video: The Bright Side Series

By Wil Payton

The Bright Side series features positive Michigan stories on video. Connect Michigan has worked with the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan, the Michigan Rural Council, and the Microenterprise Network of Michigan to tell the stories of how Michigan businesses have adopted online technology, not just to survive, but to grow and thrive. Take a look to see how small businesses can leverage technology or to pick up a few tips on how to save money in the digital economy. Click here to see what the Bright Side series is all about. Be sure to follow Connect Michigan on Facebook and Twitter for more articles on how technology...

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