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Friday, February 13, 2015
Michigan Connects™ app highlights high-speed broadband infrastructure across state
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Economic Development Corporation today joined with Connect Michigan and Connected Nation Exchange (CNX) to launch an interactive mapping application for locating Michigan’s fastest digital infrastructure.
“Ultra-high-speed infrastructure is critical for securing Michigan’s place in the digital economy,” said MEDC Chief Executive Officer Steve Arwood. “The carriers on this map clearly recognize this mission and are ready to serve our communities, residents, businesses, and institutions with the fastest Internet connections available.”
The app, Michigan Connects™, (available here: http://www.michiganbusiness.org/broadband) enables site selectors, economic development professionals, corporations, entrepreneurs, and local government officials to quickly identify Michigan communities with the fastest Internet connections. Finding locations with fiber connections is critical as Michigan and its city-regions compete nationally and internationally for jobs, talent, and workforce investment.
“Fiber optic broadband availability is more critical than ever as employers decide where to locate and broadband companies decide when and where to extend services,” said Brian R. Mefford, founder and CEO of CNX, Inc. “Michigan has established a leadership role in making this valuable information easily accessible and we are already witnessing the tangible impact on job creation and broadband expansion. These examples will continue to grow as the Michigan fiber app becomes more popular over time.”
Internet connectivity at a site is no longer an afterthought for businesses looking to locate in the state. In order to address the need, the app provides users with a list of broadband providers that fall into three categories:
Michigan companies are already taking advantage of this real-time data source for locating service. Connor Sports Wood Mill (located in Amasa in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula) was in need of a high-speed Internet connection to link offices and production locations. Using the new Michigan Connects™ map, along with assistance from Connect Michigan, Connor Sports was presented with every option for Internet service available. From this information, Connor Sports established a contract with Baraga Telephone for a new fiber connection to be installed as soon as the ground thaws in the spring.
“Baraga Telephone Company is thankful to serve Connor Sports. Being a local communications utility provider, like many other Michigan businesses, we are committed to the prosperity of our area,” said Koray Inal, Vice President, Baraga Telephone Company. “We continuously invest in our infrastructure to bring competitive and quality service to our customers, which will result in Connor Sports getting the broadband connectivity their business needs.”
Additionally, Michigan’s broadband industry benefits from the data, using it as a resource in expansion planning and network build-out into underserved areas. Last mile providers and rural communities will find valuable information for finding fiber connections to expand or upgrade existing facilities to connect all Michigan residents, businesses, and institutions.
Using the new Michigan Connects™ map, users can find a comprehensive list of ultra-high-speed network connectivity throughout the state, among other key features, including:
About CNX (Connected Nation Exchange): is disrupting the community broadband market by automating market analytics and asset management geared towards expanding networks. CNX helps a community unlock the value of their assets that are useful for broadband network expansion and development, including dark and lit fiber, rooftops, towers, utility poles, rights-of-way, and raw land. More at www.cnx.io.
About Connect Michigan: in partnership with the Michigan Public Service Commission, is working to ensure that all Michiganders can experience the benefits of broadband. Technology, especially widespread access, adoption, and use, improves quality of life. More at www.connectmi.org.
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