Connect Michigan, along with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and Connected Nation Exchange (CNX), have launched a new application to help users locate the state’s fastest broadband connection. The app, called Michigan Connects, will show where ultra-high-speed infrastructure exists locally.
The app (available here: http://www.michiganbusiness.org/broadband) enables site selectors, economic development professionals, corporations, entrepreneurs, and local government officials to quickly identify Michigan communities with the fastest Internet connections. State officials hope the offering will make it easier for businesses to locate themselves throughout the state.
The app provides users with a list of broadband providers that fall into three categories:
- carriers with fiber optic networks within ¼ mile of the user’s click or address;
- carriers offering broadband service at speeds of 100 Mbps or faster by any technology platform; and
- carriers with fiber optic networks in the municipality where the user clicked or the address is located.
The app also provides data and analytics about last mile and long haul fiber optic networks from commercial and public-sector providers. Information about data center operations and other economic development incentives are also available.
“Ultra-high-speed infrastructure is critical for securing Michigan’s place in the digital economy,” said Steve Arwood, CEO at MEDC. “The carriers on this map clearly recognize this mission and are ready to serve our communities, residents, businesses, and institutions with the fastest Internet connections available.”