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MLA Connect Advocacy Hour: The Michigan High Speed Internet Office
Thursday, November 17, 2022, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST
Category: MLA Connect Advocacy Hour

MLA Connect Advocacy Hour: The Michigan High Speed Internet Office

Thursday,  November 17, 2022 
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In 2022, Eric Frederick was chosen to lead the Michigan High Speed Internet (MIHI) office as its first Chief Connectivity Officer. Governor Whitmer created the office in 2021 to help lead the development of the necessary infrastructure and investments to bring quality and affordable broadband access to all Michiganders. This digital divide includes hundreds of thousands of households that have not been reached by high-speed internet infrastructure, as well as an estimated 865,000 households that are disconnected due to the cost of subscribing to service or purchasing an appropriate device, a lack of digital skills, or other related barriers. Gaps in high-speed internet availability, affordability, adoption and use also disproportionately impacts communities of color, those in rural areas and low-income households.

At this Advocacy Hour, Mr. Frederick will discuss the work the office is doing, updates to the Michigan Broadband Roadmap, the incoming investments including the ROBIN grant program to provide access to underserved communities, and how libraries can help fulfill these goals.


Eric FrederickEric Frederick comes from Connected Nation Michigan, where over the last 10 years, he served as Vice President of Broadband Planning and Executive Director, assisting the State with numerous broadband-related projects. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in planning from Northern Michigan University and his Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Michigan State University.




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 A recording of this session will be available on MLA Connect On-Demand within 48 hours of the event.

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