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Thursday, April 13, 2006

Township Groups To Offer Ways To Bring Affordable Broadband To Michigan

LANSING - A group of government agencies will be bringing muncipal leaders, citizens, Internet Service Providers and other IT professionals together in June at nine forums throughout Michigan to explore ways to bring broadband Internet service to everyone in Michigan.

The forums, from June 5-23, are co sponsored by The Michigan Townships Association, in conjunction with the Michigan Association of Counties, Michigan Broadband Development Authority, Michigan Municipal League, State of Michigan Department of Information Technology, and Upper Great Lakes Educational Technologies, Inc.

One of the most pressing issues facing community leaders today is bringing affordable access to the Internet to their citizens. Called “Broadband: Bringing High-Speed Internet to Your Community,” these forums will bring community leaders and suppliers together to share ideas, forge new relationships and facilitate high-speed Internet access in underserved rural, urban and suburban areas.

Discussion topics will include legal considerations and the challenges faced by other communities as they have attempted to bring broadband Internet to their areas. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet with Internet service providers from around the state to find out what services may be available.

Participants will walk away with a better understanding of the issues surrounding equal access to high-speed Internet and ideas on how to bring service to their communities.

The forums are open to all Michigan residents, though township, city, village and county leaders, as well as regional and statewide Internet service providers, are especially encouraged to attend.

For more information, click on MichiganTownships.Org

Author: Staff Writer
Source: Mitechnews.Com

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