Antennas on existing towers and tall structures, medium sized towers and more fiber optic cable could be coming to Crawford County to enhance access to broadband technology to assist with economic development, tourism and personal use.
Connect Michigan recognized Crawford County last week as a connected community for adopting a technology plan for increased access to broadband communication. The county was the 14th in the State of Michigan and 50th in the nation to obtain the certification.
As the designated entity for broadband mapping and planning in the state of Michigan, Connect Michigan is a public-private partnership formed between the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) and Connected Nation to work with local governments, businesses and citizens with the goal of increasing broadband service in the state’s underserved areas.
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Michigan Connects TM – Michigan’s most comprehensive source of fiber optic data, is a connection point for businesses, economic developers, planners and consumers seeking information about Michigan’s rich broadband resources. This interactive mapping application uses Esri ArcGIS for Server technology (with the ArcGIS API for Flex) and offers open access to extensive GIS capabilities to publish and share geographic data, maps, analyses and models.
The app provides users with a list of broadband providers that fall into three categories:
- carriers with fiber optic networks within ¼ mile of the user’s click or address;
- carriers offering broadband service at speeds of 100Mbps or faster by any technology platform; and
- carriers with fiber optic networks in the municipality where the user clicked or the address is located.
Additionally, this application allows users to find a comprehensive list of ultra-high-speed network connectivity throughout the state, among other key features, including:
- Detailed data and analytics about last mile and long haul fiber optic networks from commercial and public-sector providers.
- Resources and information designed to support site selection for bandwidth-intensive enterprises and industries, including data center operations.
- Fiber optic and last mile broadband data provided by 100+ of Michigan’s telecommunications carriers searchable to street level
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Podcast: January 14, 2012 – Hour 1
Podcast: January 14, 2012 – Hour 2
Gary Baker, Ed Rudel, Cal Carson, Erik Anderson
On Thursday, June 30, the Michigan Public Service Commission and its partner, Connect Michigan released a new and in-depth report on Michigan’s broadband development and rate of adoption. Phillip Brown, from Connected Nation will join Gary Baker and the guys to talk about the state of broadband deployment in Michigan and the vital role it plays in the Renaissance of this Great Lake State.
Erik Anderson has The Mac Minute to report on all the dust up over Apple’s new video editing platform Final Cut Pro X.
Most importantly there will be lots of time for you to get your questions answered about your computer on this holiday weekend show.