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Blog // Connect Michigan

FCC Offers $10 billion for Broadband Network Upgrades

By Tom Koutsky

Today, the FCC formally offered the nation’s largest telephone companies, including AT&T, Verizon, Frontier, CenturyLink, FairPoint, and Windstream, $10 billion in subsidies to offer broadband service to over 4 million homes and businesses that are currently unserved. Today’s offer is a critical step in “Phase II” of the Connect America Fund, which will subsidize the construction of 10 Mbps down/1 Mbps up broadband networks in these areas over the next six years. These providers have until August 27, 2015 (120 days) to accept or reject the FCC’s offer on a state-by-state basis. If they reject these offers, the FCC will begin to award...

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Otsego County, Michigan Utilizes Revolutionary Web Service To Connect Families and Friends Worldwide

By CMI Staff

The new video sharing, correspondence, and connectivity platform, BeBloomin, has recently expanded their beta testing program to include participants throughout Otsego County, Michigan, which was awarded Connect Michigan’s certified Connected community status in December of 2013.   Since working toward and achieving Connected community certification in the County, the Otsego County Commission On Aging (OCCOA) has played an integral part in advancing information technology adoption and use in its region.  OCCOA has championed a number of innovative programs to introduce seniors to broadband capabilities, including the TAP program in...

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