Category Archives: Broadband

Broadband – two Americas

In rural America, only 60 percent of households use broadband Internet service, according to a report released Thursday by the Department of Commerce. That is 10 percent less than urban households. Over all, 28 percent of Americans do not use … Continue reading

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Free Wi-Fi in Elk Rapids?

I have heard recently from several people that there is confusion in town about free hotspot locations in the Elk Rapids area and how to connect to them. What is the current availability (current locations and/or coverage) and access instructions?

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Wi-Fi addiction?

Is there a 12-step program for it? Seventy-five percent of American respondents to a survey sponsored by the Wi-Fi Alliance said that a week without Wi-Fi would leave grumpier than a week without coffee or tea. The poll, conducted by … Continue reading

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Technology increases capacity of Internet fiber

Alcatel-Lucent recently announced a system for telecommunications service providers that takes advantage of both the polarization and phases of light to encode data. The system can more than double the capacity of a single fiber, said James Watt, head of … Continue reading

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Stabenow supports ER-BAM

State Senator Debbie Stabenow has written an important letter of support for ER-BAM’s program to bring affordable high-speed broadband to our area.   Source: Stabenow Letter ER-BAM is still in the running for a federal grant to fund its broadband … Continue reading

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ER-BAM gets letter of support from Senator Levin

September 15, 2010Mr. Dallas Tonsager, Under SecretaryUSDA Rural DevelopmentWashington, DC 20250 Dear Mr. Tonsager: I am writing to express my support for the Broadband Initiatives Program grant application submitted by Cherry Capital Connection, LLC. This funding will support the Elk … Continue reading

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Charter Communications official statement

Charter apparently does not support broadband efforts from “served areas” that apply for federal stimulus money, judging from its official position on wireless broadband, as follows: Charter believes broadband stimulus funding for infrastructure projects should be targeted to unserved areas … Continue reading

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