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Tuesday, August, 19, 2014Connected Nation Assists Providers with FCC Form 477 Filings

Last week, Connected Nation (CN) notified all of the state broadband providers with whom we work on the State Broadband Initiative (SBI) grant program that CN can assist providers with all aspects of preparing the revised Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Form 477 filing. The first filing using the new Form 477 requirements is due to the FCC on October 1, 2014, representing the broadband landscape as of June 30, 2014.This October 1 Form 477 filing overlaps the last submission of broadband datasets collected by state entities working on the SBI grant program; broadband mapping and data collection will continue after the SBI grant program...

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Thursday, August, 14, 2014Impact of Broadband Connectivity

From Samantha Stemler, Connect Michigan Communications Intern:The Internet now supports more activities and capabilities than ever, including everything from breaking news, social groups, communication, movies and TV shows, books, classes, stores, and everything in between. Recognizing these vast opportunities, communities across Michigan have partnered with Connect Michigan to expand Internet service areas and options. Residents, businesses, libraries, schools, and local governments that previously struggled with broadband availability are now getting online.When Osceola County began exploring broadband expansion in October of 2012, it was difficult...

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