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Closing Dead Zones Without Radio Towers

Published on: October 13, 2016

With vast spreads of trees, the natural landscape of Ogemaw County, Michigan, is a large part of its appeal; however, that is also what makes it difficult to build radio towers, which transmit cellular signals and broadband over radio frequencies. Surrounding counties in northeast Michigan suffer the same dilemma, with a beautiful landscape that many seek to enjoy, but not …

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Rural Broadband Connects Cutting-Edge Observatory

Published on: September 28, 2016

On the edge of the Utah-Nevada border, off Route 50—known as “The Loneliest Road in America”—is Baker, Nevada, with a population of 84 and no significant cities in a 50- to 60-mile radius. This far-flung seclusion gives Baker the darkest skies in America, making it the perfect location for the Great Basin Observatory (GBO), a newly constructed astronomy research and …

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Igniting Better Broadband in Rural Michigan

Published on: September 23, 2016

Though they may be 30, 40, 50, or even many more miles away from busy cities, rural areas seek the same advantages through technology as urban areas. While high population density attracts many broadband carriers to urban areas, many rural areas often struggle to get on the map. Alcona County, Michigan—with a population of about 11,000—is bringing their community and …

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Iosco County Summit Showcases Business and Technology Growth

Published on: September 14, 2016

On October 13, community, business, government, and technology agencies will come together at Showcase Iosco, a resurrection of a previous area business summit, now representing a wide intersection of community resources. The event—featuring panel discussions on current and developing programs across public, economic, and civic fields—invites every stakeholder in the community to show what they have to offer and to …

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Local Agriculture Growing Through Social Media

Published on: August 17, 2016

Eight years ago, Grow Benzie started with an abandoned plant nursery, an old greenhouse, and an empty retail building. The non-profit now boasts a community center, an incubator kitchen, community garden, flourishing greenhouse, sewing studio, business center, and a food truck. Grow Benzie helps agriculture and culinary businesses expand and get started, hosts classes to teach the public about nutrition …

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U.S. Heritage Route 23 on the Information Superhighway

Published on: August 1, 2016

Michigan’s tourism industry amounts to more than $17.7 billion, a number that seriously impacts rural communities attracting summer vacationers. The Northeast Michigan Council of Governments (NEMCOG) has made travel to and through rural Michigan easier than ever, putting many breathtaking and remote locations online for everyone to see and explore. Heritage23.org lets visitors plan for every city they visit, or …

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Partners Bridging the Digital Divide

Published on: July 20, 2016

Lack of access to technology, training, or reliable Internet are all factors widening the digital divide, causing or exacerbating education or wealth disparity through location, income, or age. Where the digital divide has caused great needs for technology, training or broadband access, many community organizations and non-profits across the nation have risen to the challenge. However, starting or expanding a …

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Pay or Lose Everything: the Rise of Ransomware

Published on: July 5, 2016

Recently, businesses, governments, and universities have been finding their information locked down under an ultimatum: pay up or lose your information forever. A familiar tactic in a new age, this is a virus aptly named ransomware, and it is on the rise nationwide. Ransomware began with the Trojan horse program CryptoLocker. Spreading through infected e-mails, CryptoLocker made a victim’s files—texts, …

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Launching Rockets and Igniting Interest in STEAM

Published on: June 29, 2016

Mentors can make a permanent impact on a young person’s life. Mentors can encourage children to challenge themselves, cultivate new interests, and solve problems in positive ways. The 4-H Tech Wizards program brings young people under the wing of caring adults while tackling fun, STEAM-related projects, giving kids someone they can talk to and work with as they develop critical …

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Broadband Helps Local Farmers

Published on: June 20, 2016

It’s June, and that means the start of summer. Around here, that equals the end of classes, evenings on the lake, and the return of the summer farmers market. Even though the county’s open air market feels like it’s a thousand miles from technology, local farmers are still benefiting from the ability to use broadband to grow, advertise, and sell …