Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Directive to Expand High-Speed Internet Access For Michiganders

Published on: June 3, 2021

Creation of Michigan High-Speed Internet Office will bring high-speed internet access to more residents,  homes, and small businesses across the state  The following press release was issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office on June 2, 2021 LANSING, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer today issued Executive Directive 2021-02 to help bridge the digital divide by establishing the Michigan High-Speed Internet Office (MIHI) to make high-speed internet more affordable and accessible. With high-speed internet becoming …

From billions of dollars in new funding to mandatory minimum speeds, why NOW is an unprecedented time for broadband expansion in America

Published on: May 21, 2021

By Eric Frederick, Vice President, Community AffairsConnected Nation I recently looked up “how much is a billion?” It’s a difficult number to comprehend. The most common answer is that it’s a thousand million. Another answer is that a billion seconds is equivalent to 31 and a half years. It’s quite the sum. Now, try to imagine a billion times 365 …

Broadband providers were awarded over $360 million through RDOF to connect Texas homes and businesses. This is what that means for the state.

Published on: December 14, 2020

Austin, TX (December 14, 2020) – What is the RDOF?RDOF stands for the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, which the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) created in 2019 to bring high-speed fixed broadband service to rural homes and small businesses where it does not exist. More than $20 billion was put into RDOF and will be awarded to broadband providers through a …

Milam County Broadband Committee Seeks Your Input to Improve Internet Access and Speeds Across County

Published on: December 8, 2020

Milam County, TX (December 8, 2020) – The Milam County Broadband Committee just launched a new initiative to help expand and improve high-speed internet access for all county residents, businesses, schools, healthcare facilities, and community organizations across the county.  “This year has proven difficult for all of us but especially so for those in our community who do not have adequate …

SUCCESSFUL RURAL DIGITAL OPPORTUNITY FUND AUCTION TO EXPAND BROADBAND TO OVER 10 MILLION RURAL AMERICANS

Published on: December 7, 2020

Phase I Auction Allocates $9.2 Billion to Close the Digital Divide in 49 States and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands The following was a press release issued by the FCC on December 7, 2020 EDITOR’S NOTE: These pdf’s published by the FCC include a list of winning bids. This is the winning bidder summary and this is the …

Local committees work to expand broadband access, improve internet speeds across three area counties

Published on: December 3, 2020

Residents, businesses, community organizations input needed to develop regional technology action plans   (December 3, 2020) – Lapeer, Sanilac, and St. Clair Counties are right now working to develop county-specific Technology Action Plans. Broadband committees made up of local stakeholders from each county are focused on finding solutions for improving internet connectivity across the region. But they need help from local …

Cheboygan County Launches Program to Improve Local Internet Access and Speeds for Businesses, Homes

Published on: December 1, 2020

Cheboygan County, Mich. (December 1, 2020) – The Cheboygan County Economic Development Corporation (EDC), in partnership with Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan), just kicked off a Connected Community Engagement for the county.   The program will leverage input and data provided by county residents, businesses, community organizations, and others to identify problem areas and solutions for expanding high-speed internet (broadband) access.  …

Your Input Needed to Develop an Internet Technology Action Plan For St. Clair County

Published on: November 9, 2020

St. Clair County, Mich. (November 9, 2020) – The St. Clair County Broadband Committee just launched a new initiative to help expand and improve high-speed internet access for all county residents, businesses, schools, healthcare facilities, and community organizations. “In today’s world, access to broadband internet access shouldn’t depend on where you live,” said Kevin D. Miller, Ph.D., St. Clair County RESA Superintendent. …

Michigan receives $10.3 million for rural broadband

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The following was published in the Michigan Farmer on November 9, 2020 In the second round of funding through USDA’s ReConnect Program, Michigan has been awarded $10.3 million to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in southwest and northeast Michigan. “The need for rural broadband has never been more apparent than it is now — as our …

VIDEO: Addressing the Need for Internet Access in Rural America

Published on: November 4, 2020

Washington, DC (November 4, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) was recently invited by RFD-TV to address the issue of access to internet in rural areas after one viewer sent in the following comment: “My concern is the internet in rural areas. Children facing this COVID-19 crisis, families working from home…internet in the rural area really, really needs to be addressed. …