Today, technology plays a pivotal role in how businesses operate, how institutions provide services, and where consumers choose to live, work, and play. The success of a community has become dependent on how - much the community adopts technology resources, which includes access to reliable, high-speed networks, the digital literacy of residents, and the use of online resources locally for business, government, and leisure.
As noted in the National Broadband Plan (NBP), broadband internet is “a foundation for economic growth, job creation, global competitiveness, and a better way of life.”
Connect Michigan works with local, regional, state, and federal partners to facilitate and build Michigan’s capacity for leveraging technology for improved quality of life and community and economic development. Through broadband and technology mapping, research, and community planning, we work to bring light to the issues of digital inequality and create more digitally inclusive communities. To accomplish this goal, we take a comprehensive approach to technology development.
Connect Michigan recognizes that in order to fully participate in a digital economy, the state needs to address issues not only of the access to broadband (supply), but also the ways in which it is adopted and used (demand). Wires and wireless signals are useless if they cannot be leveraged to improve civic engagement, retain families and youth, improve leadership, expand our economy, and develop local human capital and talent.