State Broadband Capacity Building:
This project will support the Michigan Collaborative Broadband Committee and the related work of the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC). The Collaborative Broadband Committee will engage and unify a diverse group of broadband stakeholders and align disparate programmatic efforts across state government. The Collaborative Broadband Committee's overall mission includes strategic planning aspects, and the historical leadership of the PSC ensures its long-term impact.
Connect Michigan will conduct statewide business and residential technology assessments to identify and track the barriers to broadband access, adoption and use. The program will perform data-driven analyses on problems and opportunities related to broadband deployment, adoption, and use and will establish priorities through the development and updating of an ongoing strategic plan. This plan will ultimately serve as the basis for implementation of program priorities, as dictated by the State of Michigan.
Local Regional Technology Planning Teams:
Connect Michigan will work in coordination with Michigan Public Service Commission, Michigan's State Planning and Development Regions, townships, counties, and other stakeholders to identify specific and relevant community stakeholders to serve as local technology champions. Led by Connect Michigan Regional Consultants, these local champions will build community broadband teams that will leverage the program's technical assistance and mapping tools (maps, research) across targeted sectors to establish specific goals, recommendations, and action plans at the community level. These community plans will also be assimilated at a state level to support the ongoing state strategic planning process.
Data Collection, Integration, and Validation:
This project was originally funded for broadband planning activities and two years of data collection. In September of 2010, this project was amended to extend data collection activities for an additional three years and to identify and implement best practices.