Thanks Blogging for Michigan for the find.
Connect Michigan has announced that 95.41% of Michigan households have access to the minimum threshold for broadband at 768Kbps downstream. Just under 175 thousand Michigan households remain unserved other than by mobile wireless or satellite service. The image to the right shows the availability of fixed wireless, one of many options including cable, DSL, fiber & mobile service that you can explore through the Interactive Michigan Broadband Map. They plan to also offer data on internet & broadband adoption as well as computer ownership.
Connect Michigan’s news release states that the maps were created through a partnership between the Michigan Public Service Commission and the national nonprofit Connected Nation. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act requires the Commerce Department to create a searchable national broadband map and make it publicly available by Feb. 17, 2011. In addition to offering a map of current connectivity:
Connected Nation’s GIS team will continuously refine the maps as more data is gathered – relying upon citizen feedback as part of the validation process. Residents, businesses, and any interested party with knowledge of the state broadband landscape are asked to go to Connect Michigan’s website to provide input that will be used to verify and ensure the highest level of accuracy for the broadband maps.
On Connectmi.org, those who do not currently have broadband access can add their name and address to a secure database of households that would like to subscribe if given the opportunity. The collected information supports the creation of the broadband inventory map that will assist in expanding broadband delivery to residents across the state.
There are also detailed county maps showing broadband inventory and the density of households unserved by a broadband provider along with a a statewide map displaying rural and non-rural areas eligible for stimulus funding, a great tool for applicants submitting for broadband stimulus grants and loans.