Connecting Michigan Communities

This is a webinar series highlighting critical broadband and technology-related topics. This series will discuss issues and take questions from the audience on a wide range of topics such as Federal and State broadband activity, Digital Equity, Connectivity in Agriculture, Education Technology, and others.

Sneak Peek: Bringing Health Care Home

In December 2021 Connected Nation Michigan provided a sneak peek at a report called “Bringing Health Care Home,” a follow-up to our groundbreaking 2020 report, “Healthcare from Anywhere: Telehealth Use and Perceptions in Rural Michigan.” Chris McGovern, Director of Research Development for Connected Nation, discussed what was learned and what could be expected from this work.

What you should know about Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Satellites

On January 20th, 2022, Connected Nation led a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Satellites and Broadband discussion. The discussion focused on providing general education on LEO satellites, the pros and cons, and who the players are in the LEO broadband market. Connected Nation was accompanied by two early adopters of Starlink’s Broadband service regarding their experiences, as well as a brief Q&A session.

Connecting Michigan Communities: RECONNECT Overview

On November 23rd, 2021, Connected Nation Michigan hosted a discussion on the RECONNECT Program with Anthony Tindall of the RUS. We discussed the program, who’s eligible, how much money is out there, and what’s different about the program now compared to the past.

Connecting Michigan Communities: What Should Communities Be Doing Now?

Watch our latest webinar, a roundtable discussion focused on what Communities can and should be doing right now to help close the digital divide and get connected.

Broadband Technologies: NTIA Infrastructure Grant Program Information Webinar

In this webinar, the Connecting Michigan Taskforce (CMIT) shares details about the NTIA’s Infrastructure Grant Program for broadband deployment including details on applying for that and other broadband-related grant programs.

In addition, Michigan's Lt. Governor shares how state leaders are approaching the need for better broadband (high-speed internet) access for all.

Connecting Michigan Communities - Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

Join Wes Kerr as he discusses the Emergency Broadband Benefit and answers questions you may have about the program.

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Connecting Michigan Communities - Michigan Telehealth

Join us for a discussion with Connected Nation’s Chris McGovern as we discuss Telehealth in Michigan, results from a study on Rural MI telehealth, and what we’re learning that might help us in the future.

Connecting Michigan Communities: Digital Leaders

Watch the latest Connected Nation Michigan webinar that discusses the importance of developing digital leaders in your community with Dan Manning.

Connecting Michigan Communities: Digital Education in Michigan

Join Wes Kerr and Joe Polasek, State E-Rate Coordinator for Michigan, to discuss education and broadband in the state, focusing on what’s changed in the past year, how E-rate helps our schools, and what the future of e-rate might look like.

Connecting Michigan Communities: Regional Broadband Planning

Join Wes Kerr and Tom Stephenson as they discuss regional approaches to broadband and technology planning and development.

Connecting Michigan Communities: State and Local Efforts

Join Connected Nation staff members Heather Gate and Wes Kerr on their discussion about Digital Inclusion in Michigan and what communities can do to increase the adoption and use of broadband and technology.

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Connecting Michigan Communities - Broadband Mapping

Connected Nation Vice President of GIS Services, Ashley Hitt, discussed the work that goes into mapping Michigan's broadband infrastructure, and the work that CNMI does to help ensure its accuracy.

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Connecting Michigan Communities: Federal Broadband Update

On February 2nd, 2021, Connected Nation Director of Public Policy, Lindsay Conrad, provided an update on the efforts that are underway at the Federal level to assist communities across the country, and how it impacts Michigan. 

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Connecting Michigan Communities: Broadband Technologies: Today and Beyond

On November 16th, 2020, Chip Spann, Director, Engineering & Technical Services and Wes Kerr, Director, Community Solutions discussed the predominant technologies providing broadband service today and what kind of technologies we can expect in the future.

Connecting Michigan Communities: Community and Local Efforts

On December 8th, 2020, the Connected Nation Michigan team discussed the work that communities throughout the state are doing to further secure their connectivity and digital futures.

Connecting Michigan Communities: State and Local Efforts

On January 19th, 2021, Eric Frederick VP, Community Affairs; Executive Director, Connected Nation Michigan discussed the efforts at the state and local level to ensure Michiganders have access to broadband, and are provided with the means necessary to adopt and use broadband and technology.