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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:
Regional Navigator Grant Program
This program will use CDBG CARES Act funds to provide up to 10 grants of up to $60,000 each to eligible applicants to install broadband support staff in 10 regions across the state.Apply Now
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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.Learn More
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.
Connecting Michigan Taskforce Virtual Listening Tour
The Connecting Michigan Taskforce (CMIT) hosted two rounds of a virtual listening and learning tour to discuss broadband and technology in the state. The sessions discussed activities of the taskforce, federal and state broadband efforts, and insight and feedback on broadband issues and solutions in your community.Learn More
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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