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Recent News // Houghton becomes second community in U.P. to be broadband certified

Friday, June 26, 2015
by Aaron Boehm

HOUGHTON COUNTY -- Houghton County has become the latest Michigan community to be certified as a connected community.

This certification, given by the Michigan Public Service Commission, indicates that the community has developed a broadband and technology plan to expand broadband access, adoption and use.  

“Today, Houghton County joins 14 other Michigan communities that have achieved the important ‘connected’ broadband distinction,” said MPSC Chairman John D. Quackenbush. “As the Upper Peninsula’s second community to achieve this elite status, Houghton County has completed the broadband certification process. More and more communities, especially those in rural parts of Michigan, are pursuing the ‘connected’ certification because they understand that their overall 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."

The Houghton County broadband initiative team worked with Connect Michigan to assess the local broadband landscape, identify gaps, and establish actionable goals and objectives. It developed a technology action plan with five priorities: performing an analysis of local policies and ordinances; identifying, mapping and validating broadband demand; completing a vertical assets inventory; developing or identifying a broadband training and awareness program for small and medium businesses; and facilitating Internet safety classes.

Houghton County joins Harbor, Inc. (Emmet County), and Crawford, Wexford, Gladwin, Marquette, Charlevoix, Antrim, St. Clair, Roscommon, Livingston, Mecosta, Clare, Otsego and Ogemaw counties to earn this distinction in Michigan. 

Connect Michigan is a public-private partnership between the Michigan Public Service Commission and Connected Nation to work with local governments, businesses, and citizens in the goal of increasing broadband access, adoption and use. For more information on the Connected Community Engagement Program, visit:

The MPSC has issued a consumer tips sheet on broadband availability in Michigan and other helpful information.

For more information about the MPSC, please visit

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