Broadband Services and Mapping

The Michigan Public Service Commission was instrumental in Michigan's success in receiving two federal grants from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration totaling nearly $4.8 million. The grants were awarded December 22, 2009 and September 27, 2010 and are funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The purpose of the grants is to launch a comprehensive broadband mapping and planning initiative, Connect Michigan. Connect Michigan is a partnership between the Commission and Connected Nation, a national leader in broadband mapping. The Connect Michigan project has developed an interactive statewide broadband availability map and Michigan-specific research on broadband adoption and use. Additionally, Connect Michigan works to facilitate the integration of broadband and information technology into state and local economies. The goal of the project is to increase residential and business access, adoption, and use of broadband throughout Michigan to assist in economic development efforts.

Since its inception, there have been 15 certified connected communities throughout Michigan. Houghton County has been the most recent connected community, receiving their certified "connected" recognition on June 19, 2015, while numerous other communities have shown interest or begun taking steps to become a connected community. In addition, there has been an annual Michigan broadband conference held each year since 2013. This program has brought together providers, businesses, communities, and residents in an effort to improve or expand broadband services throughout Michigan.

Early in the process, a number of presentations were given regarding the NTIA grant and the partnership between the MPSC and Connect Michigan. Below are links to those presentations:

For further details, please visit Connect Michigan at -- connectmi.org

Contact Connect Michigan: Eric Frederick, Program Manager
  517-994-8024 (mobile)
  efrederick@connectmi.org

 

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