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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.

GR Digital Media Veteran Adtegrity Acquires Media Place Partners

GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids-based internet advertising manager Adtegrity announced that it has acquired Grand Rapids-based Media Place Partners, marrying the acquired company’s deep traditional media buying expertise and relationships with Adtegrity’s longstanding digital media business.

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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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123Net Expands Fiber Network in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS — 123Net, the Southfield-based provider of network solutions, announced an expansion of its metro fiber data hub in Grand Rapids and vicinity.

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New Software From GR Firm

GRAND RAPIDS — Fox Technologies Inc., the Grand Rapids-based provider of Linux security software, announced the release of BoKS ServerControl 7.1, an access management system for organizations strategically deploying Enterprise Linux.

The company said BoKS ServerControl 7.1 addresses new web-scale infrastructures being used by global financial institutions, governments, telecommunications, energy, healthcare, and technology companies faced with securing access to their most critical systems and data in rapidly changing business environments.
Business and technology executives can no longer rely on legacy tools and script-driven methodologies to cost effectively, and securely manage today’s dynamic IT infrastructure environments. According to annual Linux Foundation reports, there is already a worldwide deficit of Linux administration skills, therefore driving operational managers towards solutions that optimize the use of existing staff, and deliver a forecastable profile and return on investment over the lifespan of the new infrastructure.

“Our customers include many leading global corporations that rely on Fox Technologies to provide real-time controls in order to meet internal and regulatory security requirements across diverse Enterprise Linux environments,” said Mark Lambaise, CTO at Fox Technologies. “BoKS ServerControl provides a centralized solution to keep pace with changes in IT infrastructure and security requirements to remain in compliance, as they digitally transform their business … No other product on the market for Linux/UNIX critical infrastructure offers this level of granular access control, nor use-cases for wide scope of deployment architectures.”

Fox Technologies will be in Booth 318 at the Red Hat Summit in Boston through May 4.

Fox Technologies, a portfolio company of Parallax Capital Partners, is a global security company that helps organizations centralize Linux and UNIX privileged access management across hybrid IT environments. For more information, visit http://www.foxt.com.

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.

State Support OK’d For Business Expansions, Flint Incubator

LANSING — The Michigan Strategic Fund has approved three grants to create a new business incubator in Flint and build new manufacturing plants in the Grand Rapids area and Port Huron.

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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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M2 TechCast Features Cybersecurity, Tech Startups

ROYAL OAK — A look at cybersecurity trends for 2017, help for tech entrepreneurs, and a look at how legal cannabis could help the state’s budget woes.

That’s the lineup for the Monday, Dec. 19 M2 TechCast, live on the internet at 3 p.m. Eastern time today at http://www.podcastdetroit.com.

The show will kick off with Keith Brophy, state director of the Michigan Small Business Development Centers, with a special guest entrepreneur helped by his SBA-based organization.

Next, Peter Schwartz from East Lansing-based software developers Supported Intelligence will discuss a report that shows how legalized cannabis sales could generate a lot of tax revenue for Michigan.

In Segment Three, Irene Spanos, director of economic development and community affairs for Oakland County, will explain the results of the 2016 Oakland County Economic Report.

The show will wrap up with cybersecurity expert Dan Lohrmann, who  will provide his Cyber Year in Review and cyber predictions for 2017.

Today’s show will be the last one of 2016 for the M2 TechCast, which is taking a two-week holiday break. The TechCast will return Monday, July 9 with a special show focused on mobile technology being displayed at the North American International Auto Show.

The M2 TechCast airs live on the internet from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time each Monday at http://www.podcastdetroit.com. And you can listen to past episodes by clicking on http://www.podcastdetroit.com/artist/mi-tech-cast/.

The M2 TechCast is hosted by Mike Brennan, founder and publisher of Michigan Technology News, http://www.mitechnews.com, and Matt Roush, director of the university news bureau at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield. Both have covered high-tech in Michigan as journalists for more than 20 years.

The M2 TechCast is part of Podcast Detroit, a network of more than 50 locally produced podcasts on a wide variety of topics, anchored by IT in the D. the nation’s No. 1 tech podcast, which regularly draws more than 500,000 listeners a week. IT in the D airs live Monday nights from 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern time.