Municipal Leaders, Economic Developers and Building Departments Create The Path to Gigabit Communities.







Next-generation broadband networks are slowly creeping into cities and towns across the nation. Large and small scale regions are adopting these new world class network from Silicon Valley to little burgs such as Franklin, Michigan. You likely have not heard about this next wave of broadband, but you soon will.

Your Path to a Gigabit Community

Step 1

Economic developers attract a tech firm to build a DAS cell network. Municipal leaders need to create a streamlined, project approval and permit process.

Step 2

The tech firm (and it's competitors) then sells low cost fiber to local businesses and government agencies along the DAS network's fiber along local roads.

Step 3

Encourage additional tech firms to expand the local fiber networks to neighborhood homes and rural homes.

Step 4

BOOM! Having DAS antennas in the core business district connected by fiber optic creates a profitable business case for linking fiber to local businesses and homes. A Gigabit Community is born.

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“It’s not enough to have the Midwest’s largest cities build out higher speed networks we need to connect the dots between every town.”


Kevin Schoen,, Speed Up Michigan

What Will It Do For Midwest

Towns and Cities?

1st: It’s a game changer for regions to attract and keep businesses.


2nd: A gigabit network increases speeds and lowers the cost of broadband for homeowners, government and businesses.


3rd: Wireless applications (fiber connected to micro cells) help emergency personnel cut precious seconds off response times; robust wired networks play a critical role in public safety.


4th: Major cities in Midwest have a growing problem of wireless Internet system crashing.

It will only get worse with the future bandwidth demands of a growing number cell phones, tablets and other wireless devices.


5th: One in five prospective home buyers said that they would be happy to pay more for a property with high-speed broadband, according to a study carried out by and property expert Henry Pryor last year.

What do the experts have to say?


Government Tech Guru Explains Need For Speed


Michigan's leading technologists, discusses the importance of building out Michigan's broadband networks.


Eric Fredrick of Connect Michigan has a partnership with the Michigan Public Service Commission to ensure Michigan residents and businesses experience the benefits of broadband.



Port Huron Cell Phones and Internet Zoom


Talk show host, Paul Miller, talks about benefits of St. Clair county's new broadband cell phone network.



Municipal Leaders Discuss Upgrading Broadband

At the fall 2014 Connect Michigan conference municipal leaders discuss upgrading broadband.

Broadband Needed to Grow Your City's Home-Based Offices


Michigan neighborhoods with fiber-optic broadband will accelerate home-based businesses. Joe Ross discusses what it has done for his East Lansing company.



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New Housing Developments Require Broader Broadband


Pat Gillespie of the Gillespie Group explains the importance of Michigan's newest FiberHood. It's the next generation of High-speed Internet is building across the Midwest. Their newest FiberHood was constructed in Lansing Michigan's Stadium District.




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