Southwest Michigan Broadband Coverage

LANSING—The 2013 Michigan Broadband Conference, held Thursday at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing and hosted by Connect Michigan and the Library of Michigan, allowed Michigan residents and business owners from across the state an opportunity to discuss broadband access in our state, said Sen. John Proos.

As the designated entity for broadband mapping and planning in our state, Connect Michigan is a public-private partnership between the Michigan Public Service Commission and Connected Nation. It works with local governments, businesses and residents to achieve the goal of increasing broadband service in underserved areas.

Residents were invited to attend, or to tune in to a live Internet feed of the conference. Those who missed it can watch some of the highlights by clicking here

“Southwest Michigan’s geographic diversity is part of what makes our region an excellent place to live, work and raise a family, but it also means many local rural areas struggle with consistent, fast Internet service,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “However, Connect Michigan is working with state and local officials to expand high-speed Internet service to all residents, an effort that will increase access to information and will help stimulate our economy and create new job opportunities in Southwest Michigan.”

Among the important issues addressed during the conference was improving broadband access to Michigan rural communities, small businesses and libraries. Notable speakers included Lt. Gov. Brian Calley; State Librarian Nancy Robertson; Steve Webster, CEO of Prima Civitas and Michael Finney, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

Helpful broadband links:
• To find out which broadband providers serve your area: connectmi.org/get-broadband.
• To test your speed: connectmi.org.
• To report a lack of access to Connect Michigan: connectmi.org/broadband-inquiry.

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Editor’s Note – Audio comments by Sen. Proos are available on the senator’s webpage at www.SenatorJohnProos.com. Click on “Podcasts.”