Connecting the Great Lakes State – MIHI works to improve broadband in its rural and urban communities

Traverse City, Michigan (June 1, 2023) – The Michigan High-Speed Internet Office (MIHI) recently finished up its listening tour, dubbed the MIHI Connected Future Tour. This 40-stop tour covered the entire state over the past several months to gather information and feedback from local Michiganders about their broadband (high-speed internet) connectivity. The MIHI office operates under the Department of Labor …

The time is now: Michiganders speak up about broadband access

Cadillac, Michigan (May 31, 2023) – Access to affordable high-speed internet has become a necessity in many aspects of our daily lives. People who lack connectivity miss out on online learning, health care, and economic opportunities. That is why the Michigan High-Speed Internet Office (MIHI) took matters into its own hands to find out what Michigan residents, community leaders, business …

From Benton Harbor to the Upper Peninsula – Michigan set to become one of the most connected states in the Union

Bowling Green, Kentucky (April 4, 2023) – In 2022, broadband measurements including wired/fixed broadband access, low-cost internet access, fiber-optic service, and a variety of upload and download speeds were taken from every state and the District of Columbia. BroadbandNow.com compounded these measurements and ranked every state on their overall broadband scores. Michigan was ranked 32nd in the United States, but …

Reliable broadband access unreachable for many Michigan businesses

Berrien Springs, Michigan (March 24, 2023) — Last week, Connected Nation’s Director of Research Development, Chris McGovern, highlighted the gaps in high-speed internet service available to Michigan businesses. The study, shared for the first time on March 17 at the 2023 conference of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters, shows that businesses (just like households) in rural parts …

On the road with MIHI: 40 stops, thousands of miles, hundreds of opinions

Coldwater and Ann Arbor, Michigan (February 9, 2023) – The Michigan High-Speed Internet Office (MIHI) recently launched a listening tour dubbed the “MI Connected Future Tour.” This ambitious, 40-stop tour will cross the state for the next several months—gathering input, feedback, and ideas from local residents, business owners, law enforcement, school leaders, and other stakeholders about the state of internet …

Issue Media Group to Launch Rural Innovation eXchange

The following press release was issued by Issue Media Group on February 17, 2022. February 17, 2022 – Issue Media Group is excited to announce the company’s latest online media project – Rural Innovation eXchange (RIX). RIX will focus on the innovation, talent, entrepreneurship, social innovation and community development taking place in rural Michigan and feature the work of rural …

Eaton County Broadband Communication Council releases internet survey results, Technology Action Plan

County residents, businesses want better speeds, reliability, and affordability Eaton County, Michigan (February 7, 2022) – After more than four months of research, the Eaton County Broadband Communication Council this week published a Technology Action Plan that’s focused on how to improve broadband (high-speed internet) across the county. “The citizen survey provided valuable information needed to locate problem areas to …

Teleworking Support Center launch: How residents in both Michigan and Wisconsin will benefit

Gogebic County, Michigan (October 26, 2021) – Reliable broadband can have many positive effects on a community, such as improving the quality of education, fueling the growth of local businesses, and providing access to healthcare no matter where you live. In addition, high-speed internet gives residents the ability to telework. Over the past 18 months, teleworking has become more common. …

Tuscola County to benefit from $14.6M in federal funding toward the expansion of broadband access

Tuscola County, Michigan (July 26, 2021) – Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan) has been working with Tuscola County leaders to plan for and expand high-speed internet throughout the county. An action plan was developed following a county-wide broadband survey in which responses were gathered from 663 residents, 24 businesses and other local organizations.  Surveys were completed between February 2021 and …