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Blog // Connect Michigan

Crossing State Lines for Broadband Expansion

By CMI Staff

If not for the narrow Montreal River separating them, Iron County, WI and Gogebic County, MI would be one scenic and interconnected community in the northernmost region of the U.S. The two towns on the banks of the Montreal – Ironwood, MI and Hurley, WI – don’t let state lines interrupt their community cohesion. The two towns have participated in various partnerships for decades, first as iron mining and lumber towns. These areas continue their partnerships today to advance growing economies as tourist hotspots and vacation destinations, an industry where broadband expansion has become a key issue. “It’s really neat to see what can happen...

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Harbor Springs, MI Goes Social

By CMI Staff

With a population of just under 1,200, digital learning resources are hard for many residents of Harbor Springs, MI to find.  Harbor Area Regional Board of Resources, Inc. (HARBOR Inc.) and community partners are changing that with HarborActive, an interactive digital literacy training initiative.  HarborActive provides hands-on training across a variety of programs and applications, with classes designed for both businesses and casual users.   HARBOR Inc. began working with Connect Michigan in 2011, designing a Community Technology Action Plan to advance broadband adoption and use in the area.  HarborActive...

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The Right Time for a National Digital Inclusion Alliance

By CMI Staff

This week, Connect Michigan is honored to have Angela Siefer, Executive Director for the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) as our guest blogger. The Right Time for a National Digital Inclusion AllianceWritten by: Angela Siefer, NDIA Executive Director This is a special message to Connect Ohio's many allies and friends who work to help disadvantaged Ohioans become full participants in 21st Century America. I am so happy to announce the creation of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance. There is a clear need among non-profit organizations and libraries for a national broadband adoption advocacy organization. Three federal agencies (...

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Shiawassee County, Michigan Features Leading Fiber Optic Internet Capabilities

By CMI Staff

Fiber optic communications has revolutionized broadband, delivering one gigabit (1000 megabits) or more of data per second to its users.  Gigabit Internet reaches customers faster than ever before, allowing for movie downloads in seconds, providing TV and phone services, exceptional online gaming experiences and a host of business functions.  Owosso, Michigan and Shiawassee County are breaking into fiber Internet through local provider DayStarr Communications and leading Michigan’s residential and business communities in broadband service. A report conducted by the I-69 Thumb Region economic development partners, a collaborative...

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