Lauren Gibbons, M Live
A lack of reliable, speedy internet can impact several aspects of a community’s success, including access to educational and economic development opportunities, said Eric Frederick, executive director of Connect Michigan. Connect Michigan is a nonprofit that works with the Michigan Public Service Commission to track broadband access in the state.
Getting people access to that infrastructure and educating them on ways they can use it “literally improves the quality of life, community and health of the entire state,” Frederick said. “It’s not the areas that are connected subsidizing those that are not connected, it’s investing in the improvement of the entire state.”
But bridging the gap between urban and rural when it comes to broadband access can be costly.
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