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AT&T Expands Gigabit Internet, 4G LTE Network Around Michigan

DETROIT — AT&T Inc. says it has expanded its 1-gigabit internet connection service to more locations of Detroit, Ann Arbor, Royal Oak, Huntington Woods, Berkley, St. Clair Shores, Livonia, Pittsfield Township, and surrounding areas.

The company had already established gigabit service in parts of Canton Township, Lyon township, Novi, and Grand Rapids.

Next up for expansion, the company said, is parts of Warren.

AT&T said the service is available at 5.5 million locations across 57 metropolitan areas nationwide. The company said it plans to expand the service to 12.5 million locations by mid-2019.

“Our customers are increasingly interacting with their world in more data-intensive ways,” said Jim Murray, president, AT&T Michigan. “A growing number of people are streaming content directly from their devices, and interacting with family and friends through live videos. For these reasons, we’re continuing to expand the availability of our fastest internet speeds to more Detroit area communities.”

The gigabit service is available at $70 a month if bundled with other AT&T services or $80 a month as a standalone service. Equipment is included with a 12-month agreement.

A gigabit connection allows a user to download 25 songs a second, or an HD movie in about 30 seconds. The service also allows seamless telecommuting and video conferencing.

More about the gigabit service at att.com/getfiber.

In other news, AT&T announced improvements to its 4G LTE high-speed wireless networks in the following locations:

* Alpena, near Long Lake Highway and Shubert Road
* Lake City, north of West Kelly Road, between South Blodget Road and South LaChance Road
* Sault Ste. Marie, near Sugar Island Road, west of McMahon Road

AT&T says it invested almost $1.4 billion in its wireless and wireline networks in Michigan between 2014 through 2016.

Grand Circus, Facebook to Provide Developer Training

DETROIT – Grand Circus, a technology training provider with campuses in Detroit and Grand Rapids, announced the launch of the application process for the Facebook Bootcamp.

The bootcamp will combine Grand Circus’ front-end curriculum with React, an open-source JavaScript platform.

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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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Quicken Named No. 1 Place To Work In IT For 5th Straight Year

DETROIT — For the fifth straight year, Detroit-based Quicken Loans has earned the No. 1 ranking on Computerworld magazine’s “Best Places to Work in IT” list.

This year’s award represents the eighth time the company has earned the No. 1 spot, and the 13th consecutive year it has appeared on Computerworld’s list.

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Compuware Survey: Many U.S. Firms Not Ready For European Data Mandates

DETROIT — A new survey from Detroit-based Compuware Corp. finds that many U.S. businesses with European customers are not prepared to deal with the European Union’s Data Protection Regulations, which go into effect May 25, 2018.

The new laws include “right to be forgotten” customer consent mandates and regulations on how customer data is handled.

U.S. companies will face hefty fines or lawsuits if they don’t comply.

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Bumblebee populations higher in Detroit than in some less-urbanized areas; vacant lots could be a factor

ANN ARBOR — A new study of native bumblebee populations in southeastern Michigan cities found, surprisingly, that Detroit has more of the large-bodied bees than some surrounding, less urbanized locations.

The University of Michigan students who conducted the study suspect that the large amount of vacant or idle land in Detroit may boost the bumblebee population by providing nesting sites and flowers for food.

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Business Expansions Win State Aid, To Create 203 Jobs

LANSING — An animal health company is expanding in the Kalamazoo area with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. announced.

That expansion, along with four other business expansion projects that also received MSF approval, will generate a total private investment of more than $71.5 million and create 203 jobs in Michigan.

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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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Gas Station TV, Verifone Announce Joint Venture

DETROIT — Gas Station TV, the Detroit-based TV programming provider for gasoline pumps, announced a 50-50 joint venture that combines the assets and operations of Verifone’s Pump Media division with GSTV, which is owned by Detroit-based Rockbridge Growth Equity and Falcon Investment Advisors.

The combined business will operate under the GSTV brand and deliver 3.3 billion annual impressions through more than 18,000 locations in all 50 states by year’s end.

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AT&T Upgrades Wireless Network in Southeast, Central Michigan

DETROIT — AT&T Inc. has announced upgrades on 11 cell towers on its 4G LTE network in Genesee, Shiawassee, Wayne, and Washtenaw counties to give customers faster, more reliable wireless service.

The communities of Ann Arbor, Clio, Detroit, Flushing, Gibraltar, Livonia, New Boston, Owosso, Plymouth and Ypsilanti will see improvements. AT&T says the additional capacity upgrades are like adding more lanes to a highway carrying traffic from a customer’s device to the cell tower, resulting in faster speeds and more reliable service.

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