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Blog // Connect Michigan

FCC To Lower Broadband Internet Prices for Low-Income Consumers - FACT SHEET

By Tom Koutsky

Download the Fact Sheet On Thursday, March 31, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will make it easier for low-income families to buy broadband service. It will expand its current “Lifeline” program, which currently subsidizes traditional telephone service for low-income consumers, and allow eligible low-income consumers to lower the price of their qualifying broadband service by $9.25 per month. Expanding Lifeline to broadband is the largest federal broadband adoption program in history. The Lifeline program was created in 1985, and it currently provides telephone and mobile voice service benefits to more than 580,000...

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Finding Michigan Businesses Online

By Eric Frederick

Whether you are looking for a place to eat, an apartment to rent, or something to do for the day, a quick search on your computer or smartphone shows what businesses are in your area. Businesses without an online presence will not show up in these searches, causing valuable customers to overlook them. Businesses in Sault Ste. Marie, MI—located in the Northeast corner of Michigan's Upper Peninsula—are now becoming part of the search. With wide, open acres of forest, beautiful sights, and events throughout the year, the Upper Peninsula (UP) draws thousands of visitors annually. Tourism is a large part of the UP economy, including Sault Ste....

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Broadband Surveyed in Muskegon, MI

By Eric Frederick

One of the first steps in improving broadband access, adoption, and use in any area is obtaining accurate data. What is Internet service like in the area? What are Internet speeds and costs like? Is there interest in expanding the network or adding more Internet Service Providers (ISPs)? In many areas that Connect Michigan works, a residential survey is used to take the temperature of the broadband climate. Muskegon County, Michigan, and all of its 27 municipalities is one of Michigan's newest areas to take a hard look at broadband, and participation has already exceeded expectations.  Connect Michigan, in partnership with Muskegon...

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