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Recent News // Genesee and Mason counties receive “connected” broadband certification

Thursday, September 08, 2016

September 6, 2016 | Michigan Peninsula News

By Alyssa Michaud

The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) announced on Wednesday that Genesee and Mason counties are the latest two communities to be certified as “connected” by Connect Michigan and the Connected Community Engagement Program.

“Michigan now has 18 communities that have earned the right to be called ‘connected certified,'” Sally Talberg, chairman of the MPSC, said. “That distinction only goes to communities that have developed a broadband and technology plan to expand broadband access, adoption and use. Communities that have pursued the coveted ‘connected’ designation do so because they understand their success includes access to reliable high-speed networks, digital literacy of residents and the use of online resources locally for business, agriculture, government and leisure.”

Genesee County received its certification in recognition of its development of public-private partnerships to deploy broadband service, the creation of digital literacy programs, and the establishment of an entrepreneurial and technology hub.

Mason County prioritized similar broadband partnerships, identified broadband training programs for small and medium businesses, and employed teleworking methods to create local jobs.

“Connected certification is not the end of the journey for these communities,” Eric Frederick, Connect Michigan executive director, said. “Connected certified communities have broadband and technology issues like many others; the difference is that ‘connected’ communities have committed to developing a technology action plan to create a more digitally inclusive community.”

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