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Blog // Connect Michigan

2014 Michigan Broadband Conference

By Wil Payton

We are now fully engaged with planning for the 2014 Michigan Broadband Conference. Last year’s conference brought together more than 300 on-site attendees and 155 online participants from 14 states and together nearly 200 different organizations to share and learn best practices for expanding broadband access, adoption, and use throughout the Michigan. This year, community leaders from education, libraries, economic development, local government, healthcare, and technology sectors will be there to share and learn cross-collaborative best practices for expanding broadband and technology access, adoption, and use and move Michigan to the...

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Libraries: A Critical Community Technology Resource

By Wil Payton

The digital era has transformed the role and challenged the capabilities of libraries across the country as they strive to meet the technological needs of community residents. Last month, the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) held the public hearing, “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact,” in Washington, D.C. IMLS advises the President and Congress about the library, museum, and information service needs of the American public. The hearing was designed to establish a pubic record on the impact of and necessity for high-speed broadband in the nation’s 123,000 school, public, research, and academic libraries. Connect...

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Otsego County Workshop Will Demonstrate Business Technology Trends

By Wil Payton

Several leading technology providers will join together on Friday, May 16, to participate in the Gaylord Regional Technology Workshop in Otsego County. The event, produced in cooperation with Connect Michigan and the University Center Gaylord, will offer free educational information about networking and technology to local business leaders. The event was designed to help businesses better understand technology topics like cloud services, disaster recovery, bandwidth requirements CenturyLink, Charter, COMLINK, Frontier Communications, Lynx Network Group, SPI Innovations, TSS, Airiston, Gaslight Media, University Center Metropolitan Area...

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