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Blog // Connect Michigan

Michigan's First Fiber Community

By Eric Frederick

Cities such as Chattanooga, Atlanta, and now Detroit, Michigan are becoming known as Gigabyte Cities, or Fiber Cities, thanks to their state-of-the-art fiber Internet connections. Whether owned by municipalities, in the case of Chattanooga, or by national ISPs like Google Fiber in Atlanta and others, these light-speed connections have put cities on the radar for tech entrepreneurs, investors, Fortune 500 companies, and homeowners looking for Internet speeds to keep up with work and entertainment. Thanks to local ISP Rocket Fiber, Detroit is now joining the roster of Fiber Cities, however, Detroit was not Michigan's first. That title goes to...

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New Gadgets Light up the Holidays

By Eric Frederick

Wearable technology is quickly growing in popularity and diversity, and more devices are using mobile and wireless technology to offer more reactive functionality. With more connected technology, this year's gift-giving puts more emphasis on reliable broadband connections, making the difference between a smart device that is tuned in to your needs or an expensive paperweight that collects dust. Wearables In 2013, Pebble kicked off what has become the most popular wearable technology: the smartwatch. Apple and FitBit now lead the smartwatch market, which has grown 223% over the last year. The Apple Watch connects to the iPhone through...

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Online School at Libraries Through Lynda.com

By Eric Frederick

Lynda.com is among the most recognized sites for online learning, serving over 4 million users. Over 4,000 courses and 150,000 video tutorials available on Lynda.com are used to bolster job skills, build up businesses, and start or advance hobbies. Courses include a range of topics, including essential job skills like coding, software development, and web design, as well as popular hobbies like photography and music production. Lynda.com is available to users online through a subscription, and many libraries across the U.S. are now offering site subscriptions free to patrons. Using video instructions, lectures, and demonstrations to lead...

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The World's Fastest Internet in Detroit, Michigan

By Eric Frederick

Left to right: Randy Foster, Chief Technology Officer; Edi Demaj, Chief Operating Officer; Marc Hudson, Chief Executive Officer Known as the Motor City, Detroit, Michigan is historically acclaimed for its automotive innovations. Though an important part of Detroit's history, automotive enterprises are becoming more tech-focused to diversify and remain a key part of the city's future. Detroit is reinventing itself, reaching forward to become the capital of Midwest enterprise and technology. To aid Detroit in this mission, Detroit-based Internet service provider Rocket Fiber is bringing in a critical business asset: fiber Internet....

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