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Recent News // News Release: Connect Michigan Releases New Broadband Availability Figures

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Research shows that 97.33% of residents now have access tofixed broadband speeds of 3 Mbps download/768 Kbps upload

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Lansing, MI – New research unveiled today by Connect Michigan shows that the broadband availability gap in Michigan is shrinking, with 97.33% of Michigan residents now having access to fixed broadband speeds of 3 Mbps download/768 Kbps upload, compared to 96.45% last October.

“Michigan continues to see marked improvements in broadband access”, said Eric Frederick, Connect Michigan state program manager. “The proliferation of infrastructure coupled with energetic efforts to eliminate barriers to broadband adoption has produced positive results that are reflected in this study.”

Nonprofit Connect Michigan has been working since 2009 to ensure that Michigan residents have access to the economic, educational, and quality of life benefits derived from increased broadband access, adoption, and use. Part of that work includes maintaining detailed analysis of broadband availability across the state to support broadband planning efforts. Through its Connected Community Engagement Program, Connect Michigan is currently working with 25 communities across the state to support comprehensive community broadband planning efforts and provide technical assistance.

Among the findings of the new broadband availability research are:

  • 97.33% of Michigan households can access broadband at advertised speeds of 3 Mbps download/768 Kbps upload (excluding mobile and satellite services).

  • With the addition of several new fixed wireless provider participants, as well as the installation of additional towers by existing wireless providers, an additional 122,742 Michigan households can now receive fixed wireless broadband service.

Last year, Connect Michigan released an innovative new broadband mapping tool called My ConnectViewTM, offering unmatched views of Michigan’s technology landscape. Residents and businesses are encouraged to use the interactive map to find area providers and help validate the data. To report that broadband is not available in a given area, consumers can fill out a broadband inquiry.

Connect Michigan’s research was conducted as part of the State Broadband Initiative (SBI) grant program for Michigan, funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The data were gathered in accordance with the requirements of the NTIA. The process begins by contacting all known providers in the state and providing information about the broadband mapping project. Information on broadband service areas is collected from each provider through voluntary participation and is subject to confidentiality protections.

Connected Nation strives to maintain a flexible mapping process to be able to collect data from providers in a variety of formats based on providers’ technical capabilities and resources.

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About Connect Michigan:  As the designated entity for broadband mapping and planning in the state of 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 service in the state’s underserved areas. For more information about what Connect Michigan is doing to accelerate technology in Michigan’s communities, visit www.connectmi.org.

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