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Recent News // Connect Michigan Unveils Innovative New Broadband Mapping Tool

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Interactive Map Offers Unique Tools to View

Michigan’s Technology Landscape, Guide Expansion Efforts

 

Access My ConnectView here

LANSING, MI – Connect Michigan today unveiled an innovative new broadband mapping tool offering unmatched views of Michigan’s technology landscape.

The mapping tool, called My ConnectView™, is a valuable tool for consumers, policy makers, Internet providers, and planning teams working to increase broadband access, adoption, and use in communities across the state and nation.

“Data on broadband availability is critical to efforts to expand access, adoption, and use across the state,” said Eric Frederick, Connect Michigan state program manager. “Local data and maps are leading to several projects to expand broadband as more and more communities work with Connect Michigan through the Connected community certification program.”

My ConnectView, developed by Connected Nation, Connect Michigan’s parent organization, replaces the previous mapping tool and is faster and easier to use; features more interactive data layers and additional tools to explore data; and allows users to e-mail, print, and send feedback on custom maps.

By offering unprecedented views of unserved and underserved areas of Michigan, My ConnectView will help drive economic development planning centered around broadband technology expansion efforts in Michigan.

Connect Michigan has just completed its 5th round of broadband data updates to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. The data, gathered as part of the State Broadband Initiative program, is used to populate the National Broadband Map.

“Michigan broadband planners are able to use this valuable mapping tool to assist in the decision making process to more effectively plan for Michigan’s future broadband needs,” says Robin Ancona of the Michigan Public Service Commission staff.

The new maps are online and can be accessed under the learn tab on the Connect Michigan website.

We urge citizens and providers to use the tool to help us verify the information presented and to contact us if they can't get access to broadband. Connect Michigan uses such feedback to ensure the maps are accurate and to reach out to providers and community leaders to promote broadband expansion into unserved and underserved areas of Michigan.

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