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Blog // Connect Michigan

FCC’s Lifeline Broadband Pilots Test Strategies for Promoting Broadband Adoption among Low-Income Americans

By Connected Nation

This month Connected Nation is raising awareness about digital learning programs and partners across the country. Today’s blog is shining a spotlight on the FCC Lifeline Broadband Pilot program which launched last week. These pilots are underway in several states to test how best to increase adoption of high-speed Internet among low-income Americans, a group with strikingly low adoption levels. The FCC established the Lifeline broadband pilot program last year as a competitive selection program for projects to gather data regarding what programs would result in higher adoption rates among low-income consumers.  Connected Nation is...

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Connect Michigan and CEDAM Hosted Technology and Small Business Lunch & Learn

By Wil Payton

Last Tuesday, Connect Michigan, in partnership with the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan, hosted approximately 175 legislators, staff, providers, small businesses, and state and community stakeholders at a Technology and Small Business Legislative Lunch and Learn in Lansing, Michigan. The purpose of the event was to raise awareness for the importance of technology adoption and use for Michigan’s small businesses and share stories about what Connect Michigan and communities are doing to help address the issue. Testimonials were presented by three small business owners and the president of the Berry County Community...

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U.S. Senate passes Farm Bill; Broadband Access an Economic Development Priority

By Phillip Brown

Rural gigabit broadband pilot program and other amendments underscore importance of accurate and verified broadband mapping data Yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013, S. 954, by a vote of 66 – 27.  The Senate Farm Bill is the latest iteration of an omnibus authorization bill that is known as the “Farm Bill” that is reauthorized by Congress every five years. The bill approved by the Senate yesterday would invest nearly $955 billion over the next ten years, and Title VI would continue support for rural economic development and infrastructure improvements, including notable changes to the...

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Connect Michigan Sponsors Attendees to the IDEC Technology Training Course

By Wil Payton

Connect Michigan sponsored six attendees to the International Economic Development Council’s technology-led economic development training in Ann Arbor this week. The focus of the training is to provide instruction to attendees on how to partner with government, industry, higher education, and the private sector to create a highly integrated network of technology and innovation. Individuals were selected based on their responses to a questionnaire that included the following: Describe the extent to which you and your organization have embraced technology-led economic development. What broadband or technology challenges are faced by the...

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