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Turning Toxic Waste Into Technology Assets

Published on: June 16, 2016

An estimated 30 to 50 million tons of electronics are trashed every year globally. In America, this produces 70% of all toxic waste, caused by lead, cadmium, beryllium, and other dangerous metals. Electronics that become toxic waste could be used by schools, relief organizations, and non-profits in need all over the world. InterConnection, a recent partner with the Connected Community …

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Dedicated to Getting Connected

Published on: June 7, 2016

Recognizing that their county was being left behind in regard to Internet access and digital literacy, officials in Osceola County, Michigan, knew they needed to spark a change. In September 2012, Osceola County began a long journey of ongoing development and cooperation to make a positive change to Internet access, adoption, and use. And, 31 months later, their hard work, …

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Google Helps Businesses Get Online With Free Resources

Published on: May 31, 2016

Ninety-seven percent (97%) of consumers now search the web to find the goods and services they need everyday, yet only 37% have claimed local listings through search engines. Google dominates this sphere with approximately 72% of the search market share, with even higher numbers in mobile searches. Google’s aptly named Get Your Business Online program is doing exactly that, with …

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Building Broadband From Afghanistan to Michigan

Published on: May 16, 2016

After building broadband systems for soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, building systems in rural Michigan didn’t pose much of a challenge for Kristopher Shafer, founder and CEO of Elevate Net in Traverse City, Michigan. Building off experience gained from connecting networks during his three tours of Iraq and Afghanistan, Shafer now works to connect unserved and underserved areas surrounding Traverse …

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Cutting Red Tape for Tower Construction

Published on: May 9, 2016

Radio towers allow ISPs to transfer wireless Internet signals across wide distances, providing broadband service to both smartphones and homes. Emmet County, Michigan, is making it easier to put up more towers and use existing buildings to transmit wireless broadband signals, reaching more residents by revising zoning laws. To successfully transmit a reliable signal, no obstructions—such as trees, taller buildings …

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Fighting Broadband Barriers With Data

Published on: May 4, 2016

We all want to fight the barriers to broadband adoption and create communities that are more digitally inclusive. It’s understood that the barriers to adoption include affordability, relevance and awareness, digital literacy, and the age or inoperability of devices. How can we work smarter toward addressing these barriers in our communities? Connected Nation has found the answer to be research …

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Boosting Business With An Online Presence

Published on: May 2, 2016

Navigating the labyrinth of social media tips, online security pitfalls, and Internet marketing tactics without a guide is daunting for all businesses, even those with a staff dedicated to the field. For small and mid-sized businesses, it can seem like an impossible task, simply requiring more hours than a business owner has in a day. Business leaders in Roscommon County, …

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Connected Program Partner Expands Broadband Over Mountains, Across the Nation

Published on: April 25, 2016

Partnerships with influential businesses and nonprofit groups give Connected Nation (CN) and its Connected Community Engagement Program the tools to reach more communities and connect more residents to fast, reliable broadband. One of Connected’s newest partners, 2pifi, expands broadband networks into the most challenging rural areas, creating powerful networks through innovative technology when many other options have failed. The radio …

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Broadband Planning for a Sustainable Community

Published on: April 11, 2016

At the recent American Planning Association 2016 National Conference, Connected Nation’s Eric Frederick had the opportunity to present the ConnectedSM Community Engagement Program as part of a discussion about broadband planning for building sustainable communities. The Connected program was presented alongside presentations from BroadbandUSA, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), and the …

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Finding Michigan Businesses Online

Published on: March 29, 2016

Whether you are looking for a place to eat, an apartment to rent, or something to do for the day, a quick search on your computer or smartphone shows what businesses are in your area. Businesses without an online presence will not show up in these searches, causing valuable customers to overlook them. Businesses in Sault Ste. Marie, MI—located in …