Expanded broadband access in rural Michigan sought

By the Midland Daily News
Posted August 13, 2011

Business and community groups from across the Great Lakes Bay Region have come together to ask the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take action to expand access to hi-speed mobile broadband service across northern lower Michigan.

The FCC is currently considering a proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile that, if approved, would provide access to high-speed mobile broadband service to a majority of Michigan businesses, farmers and families.

Local groups calling for approval of the merger include the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance, Great Lakes Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce, Saginaw Future, Inc. and Greater Gratiot Development.

“Broadband connects families and job makers across mid-Michigan to the rest of the world and the global economy,” said Terry Moore, president and CEO of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance. “Hi-speed Internet can connect our region to the rest of the world, but only if residents have access. Unfortunately, far too many job makers and families in the rural tri-county area do not have that critical access yet.”

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