Michigan receives $10.3 million for rural broadband

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 …

Healthcare From Anywhere

The coronavirus pandemic took the need for telehealth from a “luxury” to a necessity. But, for many, there are challenges and untapped opportunities for accessing this important technology. Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan) released a comprehensive telehealth study just days before COVID-19 closures. As part of this work, Connected Nation is hosting a five-part webinar series examining the transformative impact …

Connected Nation Hits Major Milestone: Providing Vital Information at a Critical Time

Bowling Green, Ky (May 14, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) hit a major milestone today that demonstrates the importance of its mission during this critical time. We’re not yet through the month of May, but the nonprofit’s digital engagement numbers on its website have surpassed the total audience for all of 2019. “This is significant because it shows that we …

Director at Michigan Public Service Commission Honored with National Broadband Visionary Award

Lansing, MI (April 28, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) honored Robin Ancona, Director, Telecommunications Division, Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today with the 2020 Broadband Visionary Award. This prestigious national award recognizes individuals who demonstrate exceptional and innovative leadership in the application of broadband and related technologies. “Robin has worked tirelessly to find innovative solutions for connecting more families and …

Telehealth in Rural Michigan

The following was published in Federal Telemedicine News on April 20, 2020 by Carolyn Bloch  Connected Nation Michigan https://connectednation.org/Michigan recently released a 6 month study in partnership with AARP and the Michigan Health Endowment Fund examining the use and perception of telehealth in 5 counties in rural Michigan. The study “Healthcare from Anywhere: Telehealth Use & Perceptions in Rural Michigan” concentrated on …

Virus Highlights Gap in Michigan’s Broadband Internet Access

The following was published in Westport News on April 18, 2020 from an Associated Press article LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Stay-at-home orders adopted to slow down the coronavirus are highlighting the lack of broadband internet access faced by thousands of Michigan residents. When Wesley Clark needed a new wheelchair, his doctor spoke on the phone to explain the set-up because …

Cut off: Coronavirus pandemic worsens hardship for thousands of Lansing area residents without internet

“It’s not a want to have. It’s a need to have. It’s sad that it took a virus to make people see that.” ~Eric Frederick, Executive Director, Connected Nation Michigan The following story was published in the Lansing State Journal on April 14, 2020 by Sarah Lehr Wesley Clark, 84, needed a new wheelchair. His doctor wanted to explain via …

Michigan’s Governor Expands Telemedicine, Urges President Trump to Permit ACA Special Enrollment Period During COVID-19

The following is a press release issued by Gov. Whitmer’s office on March 12, 2020  LANSING, Mich. — Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that her administration will expand access to telemedicine for Michiganders by immediately allowing Medicaid beneficiaries to receive services in their home while the state combats the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). In addition, insurance plans like Blue Cross Blue …

Alcona County Seeks to Expand Internet Access

The following was published in The Alpena News on March 12, 2020 by Crystal Nelson  HARRISVILLE — Alcona County’s newly established Economic Development Corp. would like to see high-speed internet more easily accessible to businesses and residents throughout the county. Chairman Doug Cheek said there are various amounts of fiber, one type of infrastructure used to provide internet services, “dotted” around the …

New Tool Developed to Help Improve High-Speed Internet Access in Northeast Michigan

Otsego County, MI (October 29, 2019) – The Northeast Michigan Council of Governments (NEMCOG), in partnership with Connected Nation Michigan, just completed an important milestone in its efforts to improve broadband (high-speed internet) access across Northeast Michigan: a vertical asset inventory. “A major obstacle in the region to not only our local economy but also our quality of life is …