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Below are the latest news stories and press releases from Connect Michigan.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

News Release: Broadband Creates Educational Opportunities in Michigan

Newly released Connect Michigan report shows broadband linked to higher test scores Read the Report Lansing, MI – Broadband and e-Learning applications expand educators’ instructional capabilities and boost students’ research and interactive opportunities beyond the confines of the traditional classroom. Accordingly, Internet access is at the core...
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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Charlevoix County earns first-of-kind broadband certification

From Ryan Bentley/Petoskey News: BOYNE CITY -- Charlevoix County leaders see broadband Internet connections as a valuable resource for their community, and their efforts concerning these have brought the community a first-of-its-kind certification.On Wednesday, the county received the first "Connected" community certification to be awarded by...
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

News Release: Charlevoix County Becomes Nation’s First Connected Certified Community

Charlevoix County Broadband Team Announces Results of Community Technology Assessment Boyne City, MI – Residents of Charlevoix County can take pride in knowing that they have become the first “Connected” certified community nationally under Connected Nation’s Connected community engagement program. The announcement was made today at a...
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Most Connected Community in the Country

From Charlevoix County is being recognized as the most connected county in America. As of today, 95% of people in Charlevoix County have access to broadband internet. That has statewide groups using the county as a model for other communities to follow when it comes to providing internet access... Read more from Most...
Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Northern Michigan: Charlevoix Becomes First Connected Community

From  Northern Michigan: Charlevoix County will receive the nation's first "connected community" certification on Wednesday, August 22, 2012. Northern Michigan: On Wednesday, Aug. 22 Connected Nation will bestow the nations first "connected community" certification to Charlevoix County, located in Northern Michigan, as a result...
Thursday, August 16, 2012

Southwest Michigan Region Launches Key Broadband Initiative

Lawrence, MI – In an effort to address the current and future needs of residents, educators, businesses and governments in southwest Michigan, a diverse group of local leaders have teamed with Connect Michigan to launch the Southwest Regional Broadband Initiative. Recognizing the critical impact that high-speed Internet, has on improving local...
Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Surprising twist to sale of Grand Rapids Internet provider Iserv to Boston firm

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Usually an acquisition means a name change and downsizing. That won’t be the case with Iserv, which was recently bought by Boston-area telecom start-up 382 Communications Corp., for an undisclosed amount. The 17-year-old Grand Rapids firm will not only retain its moniker, but will double its workforce. Those 50 new jobs will be...
Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Harbor Springs Area Broadband Survey Launched

From Harbor Light Newspaper: Facilitating the expansion of reliable, affordable high speed internet to residents, businesses, and visitors to the service area that are currently unserved or underserved is a long-time initiative of Harbor Area Regional Board of Resources, Inc. (HARBOR, Inc.) A small subcommittee has been meeting over the past few...
Friday, July 27, 2012

Google Unveils Superfast Internet in Kansas City, Mo.

By John Eligon | The New York Times Encouraging residents here to rally each other, Google on Thursday unveiled the highly anticipated details of its new ultrahigh-speed Internet network, which is supposed to run 100 times faster than typical broadband connections. The service, known as Google Fiber, will offer residents in selected parts of the...
Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Intensive program trains workers for info tech jobs

By Michael Martinez | The Detroit News Detroit— The smile on Elantis Hall's face told the story. Hall beamed ear to ear Friday morning as she accepted her diploma in the inaugural class of an intensive information technology boot camp at the Wayne County Community College District's downtown campus. Hall, a 34-year-old mother of four from Detroit...