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Blog // Connect Michigan

Pure Broadband Builds Access Through Cooperation

By Eric Frederick

Though residents in a sparsely populated area may express interest in faster speeds or more affordable access, hundreds of homes spread over thousands of miles in rural areas present a problem for ISPs—too much space between too few people. ISPs cannot justify the investment with such a limited return. A non-profit group driven by citizens of rural Washtenaw County and Jackson County in Michigan are working to change this model and bring the power of broadband infrastructure back to the citizens. Pure Broadband is a grassroots, nonprofit organization working to expand broadband access and options in Washtenaw and Jackson Counties by focusing...

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2015 North American International Cyber Summit

By Sarah Hagen

2015 North American International  Cyber SummitOctober 25-26, 2015COBO Center - Detroit, MITwitter Hashtag: #MICyberSummit Register and learn more TODAY!   Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed October as Michigan’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month to remind citizens, businesses and governments to protect themselves against cyber attacks.   “Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility,” Snyder said. “Recent high-profile security breaches in the federal government and large corporations serve as a reminder that cyber incidents are occurring more frequently and threaten the security of all Michigan residents. Awareness is the...

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Learning How to Protect Yourself Against Fraud

By Sarah Hagen

The Elk Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce with Chemical Bank will present a free informative seminar on Learning How to Protect Yourself Against Fraud, Tuesday October 27th at the Village offices, 315 Bridge Street at 7:00pm. Guest speaker Michelle Thren is a fraud investigator and a Certified Fraud Examiner.  Her purpose is to bring awareness to individuals that will help prevent fraud and assist people that have been victimized. “Education is our only prevention”.  Her areas of expertise include cyber security, signs of identity theft, how to respond to identity theft, fraud, various fraud schemes, and how to avoid fraud. Please...

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Higher Education Technology Making Cities Safer

By Eric Frederick

Flint, Michigan frequently ranks among the top ten most dangerous cities in the U.S. General Motors’ exodus from Flint in the 1980s left an economic hole in the center of town that fractured the city for decades. Recently, education has taken the place of manufacturing in Flint, now hosting satellite campuses and headquarters of seven different universities and colleges. New technology research through these universities is forging a brighter future for Flint and piloting the city toward uncharted horizons. Under guidance from Kettering University, formerly General Motors Institute, Flint joined the US Ignite program in 2012. US Ignite...

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