Category Archives: Broadband

Ottawa County Working On Broadband Initiative

HOLLAND — The Ottawa County Broadband Committee is partnering with Connected Nation’s Connected Community Engagement Program, Connected, to come up with a plan to improve access to high-speed internet in the county.

The initial step to developing a comprehensive, countywide plan will consist of a short survey for residents, businesses, agriculture producers, healthcare facilities, and schools. This is an effort to reassess the broadband landscape following a decade of work.

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AT&T Upgrades Network In Southeast Michigan

DETROIT — AT&T Inc. says it has upgraded its wireless network within southeast Michigan.

The improvements include adding greater capacity or bandwidth and speeds to cell towers within Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, Lapeer and Washtenaw counties.

The bandwidth upgrades were made in the following communities within these counties:

* Lapeer County: Lapeer

* Macomb County: Eastpointe, Fraser, Mt. Clemens, Warren (three sites)

* Oakland County: Berkley, Birmingham, Farmington Hills (two sites), Highland Township (two sites), Madison Heights, Novi, Rochester, Southfield (two sites) and Troy

* Washtenaw County: Ypsilanti

* Wayne County: Livonia, Plymouth, Detroit (two sites), Dearborn Heights (three sites)

Earlier this year AT&T also announced a nearly 100-site bandwidth expansion within southeast Michigan. And in May the company announced a 60-site upgrade.

“Our Michigan employees are focused on bringing a better mobile experience to southeast Michigan and across the state,” AT&T Michigan President Jim Murray said. “Our investment in the local wireless network is one way we’re accomplishing that. We’re seeing increased data usage across our mobile network, especially at big events. In fact, data on our mobile network has increased about 250,000 percent since 2007, and the majority of that traffic is video.”

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Mason County Sets Broadband Initiative

LUDINGTON — The Mason County Broadband Committee has partnered with the community engagement program of the nonprofit Connected Nation to develop a plan to improve access to high speed Internet in the county.

The initial step to developing a comprehensive, county-oriented plan will consist of a short survey for agriculture producers, business organizations and owners, healthcare facilities, schools, and residents. This will help the broadband committee members understand the unique needs in Mason County.

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Internet2 Names New President, CEO

ANN ARBOR — Internet2, the non-profit high-speed networking consortium led by the research and education communities, has named veteran broadband executive Howard Pfeffer its new president and CEO.

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Rocket Fiber To Provide Free Wi-Fi On QLine

DETROIT — The Detroit-based gigabit internet and technology service provider Rocket Fiber will provide free wi-fi service on the QLine streetcars when they begin operations Friday, May 12, the companies announced.

The services include network-based technology to incorporate into the QLine main office at the Penske Technical Center and public wi-fi at the stations and trains.

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AT&T To Launch Gigabit Service To The Home, Business In GR

DETROIT — AT&T Inc. announced it will expand its ultra-fast AT&T
Fiber internet service in parts of Grand Rapids, the company’s first
expansion of the service in West Michigan.

AT&T introduced the service in metropolitan Detroit last year —
specifically, parts of Canton Township, Clinton Township, Novi and
South Lyon — and plans to expand the service to Ann Arbor, Detroit,
Ferndale and Roseville later this year.

The service will offer homes, apartments and small business locations service at a blazing 1 billion bits per second.

AT&T has rolled out the service in 52 metropolitan areas across the country and plans to add another 23 soon.

AT&T says gigabit speed allows users to download a 90-minute HD movie in a little over 30 seconds. It also allows effortless, glitch-free telecommuting and videoconferencing.

The company says it invested nearly $1.65 billion in its wireless and wireline networks in Michigan between 2013 through 2015.

Visit att.com/fibermap to see if the service is available in your area.

California High-Speed Data Provider Expands Into Michigan

SOUTHFIELD — Fremont, Calif.-based Hurricane Electric announced it had established a network Point of Presence (PoP) at the Southfield data center of 123Net.

The company said it was its first PoP in Michigan.

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Livonia City Government Doubles Bandwidth With WOW

LIVONIA — The city of Livonia has partnered with Denver-based Wide Open West, a cable TV provider that does business as WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone, to offer its WOW! Business fiber-optic connectivity.

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Comcast Business Expands Multi-Gigabit Network In Michigan

PLYMOUTH — Comcast Business announced it has completed a two-year, $8.3 million expansion of its fiber-based network in Michigan that adds more than 70 miles of fiber to 1,260 buildings housing 2,260 business tenants across southeastern Michigan.

The newly served areas include Midtown Detroit, Grand Rapids and Lansing.

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