Broadband Initiative

MEDC has convened a group of stakeholders across Michigan to address broadband and technology adoption issues and to increase broadband access throughout the state.

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Program Overview

Universal access to broadband is a clear and urgent priority for every Michigan resident, business, region, and community. That is why the Michigan Economic Development Corporation has partnered with Connected Nation Michigan (CNMI) to address the state’s broadband challenges and to improve access, adoption, and the use of broadband technology across the state.

Funded through the State of Michigan’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program as a technical assistance grant, MEDC and CNMI have formed the Connecting Michigan Taskforce (CMIT) and are working with a number of other state agencies and private sector partners to increased broadband access and adoption across the state.

The Connecting Michigan Taskforce is focused on the following three areas:

  1. Improve access to unserved areas through the creation of successful partnerships for broadband expansion and the connection of communities and institutions.
  2. Increase Broadband adoption through the promotion and increased awareness of low-cost broadband subscription programs and partnerships that allow innovative uses of technology.
  3. Progress Michigan’s Broadband Ecosystem through making state investments in broadband and technology, leveraging telecommunications providers to help shape improved policy; and providing comprehensive technical assistance, best practices and guidance to communities.

Did you Know?

Having broadband provides households with an estimated $1,850 annual economic benefit

Having broadband provides households with an estimated $1,850 annual economic benefit

Statewide, teleworkers save $363 million in car maintenance and fuel annually

Statewide, teleworkers save $363 million in car maintenance and fuel annually

Broadband access can increase home values by an average of 3.1 percent

Broadband access can increase home values by an average of 3.1 percent

Telemedicine adds an estimated $522,000 to rural economics and reduces hospitalizations

Telemedicine adds an estimated $522,000 to rural economics and reduces hospitalizations

It is estimated that one percentage point increase in broadband access could create or save about 12,000 jobs statewide

It is estimated that one percentage point increase in broadband access could create or save about 12,000 jobs statewide

Small businesses with websites have higher annual revenue than those that do not

Small businesses with websites have higher annual revenue than those that do not

Michigan High-Speed Internet Office

Access to affordable high-speed internet has become a necessity in our professional, personal and social lives, and that lack of connectivity is a barrier to online learning, healthcare and economic opportunity. That's why Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Directive 2021-2 to help bridge the digital divide and established the Michigan High-Speed Internet Office (MIHI), which will coordinate all state, federal, philanthropic and private investments made into broadband infrastructure and its utilization.

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This plan is dedicated to delivering high-speed internet and identifying opportunities to address the state’s digital divide

Ensuring access to and adoption of fast, reliable, and affordable high-speed internet for every Michigander is critical, and this roadmap will guide the MIHI Office in this mission.

In today’s society, the fastest way to create an even playing field for all is access to high-speed internet. These broadband internet projects, along with additional infrastructure initiatives we are undertaking, will provide underserved communities in Michigan with high-speed internet service. This critical service is no longer a luxury but is a necessity that allows every Michigander to get a quality education and compete in the global economy.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer

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Michigan Broadband Mapping and Analysis 

Creating accurate broadband maps is one of the first steps to promoting broadband expansion and technology growth in Michigan. The Connected Nation Michigan mapping initiative is working closely with broadband providers from across the state to develop a variety of broadband inventory maps for public use.

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