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Blog // Connect Michigan

Rural Broadband Connects Cutting-Edge Observatory

By Eric Frederick

On the edge of the Utah-Nevada border, off Route 50—known as “The Loneliest Road in America”—is Baker, Nevada, with a population of 84 and no significant cities in a 50- to 60-mile radius. This far-flung seclusion gives Baker the darkest skies in America, making it the perfect location for the Great Basin Observatory (GBO), a newly constructed astronomy research and outreach center in the Great Basin National Park. Recently installed broadband and mobile infrastructure enabled Baker to get on the coverage map, and this connection is now bringing stunning photos and remarkable astronomical research to the world. Baker came to Connect Nevada’s...

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Igniting Better Broadband in Rural Michigan

By Eric Frederick

Though they may be 30, 40, 50, or even many more miles away from busy cities, rural areas seek the same advantages through technology as urban areas. While high population density attracts many broadband carriers to urban areas, many rural areas often struggle to get on the map. Alcona County, Michigan—with a population of about 11,000—is bringing their community and their technology assets together to expand education, healthcare, business, banking, entertainment, and more through broadband in the same ways many urban areas do. The Leadership Alcona Technology Expo, set for October 22, began as a part of the Technology Action Plan the...

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Census Shows Home Broadband Adoption Improving in the U.S., Despite Persistent Gaps

By Chris McGovern

The United States Census Bureau recently released data from its 2015 American Community Survey (ACS) showing that home Internet access and broadband adoption are climbing in the United States, albeit slowly. Overall, the ACS data shows that 77% of Americans have some sort of broadband service at home. That includes 6% of Americans who subscribe only to mobile service at home. Not all Americans are subscribing at the same rate, and this new data shows that some of the gaps appear to be shrinking at a glacial pace. Fewer than one-half (49%) of Americans living in households with annual incomes below $20,000 have home broadband service,...

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Iosco County Summit Showcases Business and Technology Growth

By Eric Frederick

On October 13, community, business, government, and technology agencies will come together at Showcase Iosco, a resurrection of a previous area business summit, now representing a wide intersection of community resources. The event—featuring panel discussions on current and developing programs across public, economic, and civic fields—invites every stakeholder in the community to show what they have to offer and to work together for the betterment of the area.  Showcase Iosco began as a part of the Technology Action Plan (TAP) developed in partnership with Connect Michigan. Iosco County is one of more than 50 communities in Michigan...

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