March 18, 2010
Soon local residents can go online to check the speed of their broadband or to report service unavailability at their home.
At the beginning of April, in an effort to better connect Michigan, residents will be able to check which broadband providers service their home. By identifying gaps in broadband service across the state, providers will be able to identify new markets in which to offer coverage.
You can go to http://connectmi.org/ to check if your broadband service is running at the speed you pay for or to report if you aren’t receiving service.
Technology infrastructure is necessary to grow jobs and attract job providers. Michigan is leading the nation in establishing a complete broadband map, allowing families to identify options at their home and encouraging companies to provide better coverage statewide.
The project was set up by the Michigan Public Service Commission with federal funding to complete broadband mapping across our state. The goal is to establish a complete map of providers, helping to increase coverage in underserved areas and increase service competition. I urge all southwest Michigan residents to participate as we can all benefit from faster internet access and increased provider competition.
As always, I look forward to hearing your comments and feedback on these important issues.