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Below are the latest news stories and press releases from Connect Michigan.
Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Leelanau Peninsula Economic Foundation studies local Internet access

October 4, 2016 | Glen Arbor Sun High-speed Internet and broadband capabilities can no longer be considered a “luxury.” Indeed, Internet is considered a utility and a critical necessity for schools, families, libraries, business owners, and emergency services personnel. The Leelanau Peninsula Economic Foundation (LPEF) technology committee has...
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Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Michigan towns trying to catch up on broadband expansion

October 3, 2016 | Petoskey News Review | By Ray Wilbur LANSING — Small towns across the state are eyeing ways to build their own utilities that boast high-speed internet reliability and better access for residents than traditional internet providers. They face one challenge: the cost. Fiber optic internet is faster than normal cable internet. It...
Thursday, September 08, 2016

Genesee and Mason counties receive “connected” broadband certification

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...
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Press Release: Genesee County Recognized as Certified Connected Community

Download the Technology Action Plan Genesee County, MI – Connect Michigan applauds the efforts of Genesee County, Michigan, for achieving certification under Connected Nation’s Connected Community Engagement Program. Today, Connect Michigan presented Genesee County’s certification and its Technology Action Plan before the Flint & Genesee...
Thursday, August 25, 2016

How the FCC is trying to improve patchy internet access in rural areas

Community News Content | Tribune Star | August 24, 2016 TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Gary Taylor and his wife, Michelle Milline, have a home in northern Michigan’s Benzie County that’s tucked away from busy highways and developed towns. Located not far from Lake Michigan, the house affords the couple a life mostly free from the stresses of urban life....
Monday, August 22, 2016

Residents describe slow internet, limited options, high bills

BY CAROL THOMPSON, Record-Eagle |  Read the full article TRAVERSE CITY — Northern Michigan's rural residents live away from the bustling traffic and development of towns and major highways that connect them. But the benefits of life in a home tucked behind trees, a long driveway's distance from a gravel road, isn't without need for modern...
Friday, July 22, 2016

Mason County Recognized As A Certified Connected Community

9&10 News, Northern Michigan | July 19, 2016 | By Megan Atwood Northern Michigan's Mason County has been recognized as a "certified connected community." Being a connected community certifies that mason county is taking action with technology--making them cutting edge in a rural community. This certification places the county in a top 20% of...
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Press Release: Mason County Recognized as Certified Connected Community

Technology Action Plan and priority goals presented to Mason County Growth Alliance Download the Technology Action Plan Mason County, MI – Connect Michigan applauds the efforts of Mason County, Michigan, for achieving certification under Connected Nation’s Connected Community Engagement Program. Today, Connect Michigan presented Mason County’s...
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Press Release: Iosco County Releases Technology Action Plan to Advance Community Connectivity

Iosco County, MI – Today, the Develop Iosco Technology Team and Connect Michigan have released a Technology Action Plan for Iosco County, Michigan. The release of this plan follows months of extensive analysis of the community’s broadband and technology standing and understanding its technology goals. The Technology Action Plan gives step-by-step...
Friday, July 01, 2016

Fiber-optic internet in rural dead zones considered

Jennifer Eberbach, Livingston Daily | Read the full article Panelists discuss expanding high-speed broadband Internet infrastructure to more of rural Livingston County How many rural residents and township officials will jump on board an initiative to install high-speed broadband internet infrastructure in neighborhoods with ...