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Blog // Connect Michigan

Leaders call for broadband expansion in rural Michigan

By CMI Staff


By Nick DeLeeuw | East Village Magazine

The Blue Water Chamber of Commerce today joined Custer Township Supervisor John Knoerr and St. Clair Commission Chairman Jeffery Bohm to call on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington, D.C., to expand access to hi-speed mobile broadband service across St. Clair County and Michigan's entire thumb region. They cited recent studies that found access to broadband significantly benefits rural communities and their ability to create desperately needed new jobs.
The FCC is considering a proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile that, if approved, would provide access to high-speed mobile broadband service to a vast majority of thumb area businesses, farmers and families.
"Access to hi-speed internet allows job makers across the thumb to do business across the world," said Vickie Ledsworth, Blue Water Chamber of Commerce president. "Broadband has the ability to connect our region, from local businesses to farmers and families. But today, too few residents and small businesses in the thumb have the sort of access they need to truly participate in the 21st century economy."



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