LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has unveiled a plan that would make universal access to high-speed internet available throughout Michigan.
Snyder’s office says the Michigan Broadband Roadmap sets the path for improving access and adoption of broadband.
Michigan currently ranks 30th in the nation for broadband availability. In a tweet sent August 15, Snyder stated there are more than 350,000 households — mostly in rural areas — that lack access to high-speed internet service. Another two million households only have access to a single, terrestrial internet service provider.
With an estimated 368,000 Michigan households without access to broadband, this issue is a clear and urgent priority for every Michigan resident, business, region, and community. https://t.co/WIGZ3JzzWy— Governor Rick Snyder (@onetoughnerd) August 15, 2018
Snyder’s office says there is approximately $2.5 billion in potential economic opportunities available for these regions if that gap is closed.
Recommendations include calling for greater investment in broadband to improve community and economic development, and promoting and building awareness for low-cost broadband subscription programs.