Despite Forward Progress, Broadband Access Remains an Issue in Michigan

Laketown, MI (July 3, 2018) – For Connie Valkema, at-home internet has been an integral, but unreliable part of her livelihood for years.

When Valkema, a resident of Laketown Township for about the past five years, found out Comcast Corp. was expanding its network to bring high-speed internet service to most of Laketown and Saugatuck townships, she became emotional.

“I got overly excited and probably started crying,” Valkema said. “My husband looked at me like I was ridiculous, but it’s a big deal to me. Once our internet runs out, I am kind of screwed.”

At-home internet is vital to Valkema as she works 100 percent from home, full-time for an automotive direct-mail advertising company.

Valkema and her family use satellite services from Dish Network.

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