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THE MICHIGAN

MOONSHOT
MICHIGAN MOONSHOT SPONSORS:

WHY DOES SO MUCH OF MICHIGAN LACK BROADBAND INTERNET ACCESS?

Change happens when the right collaborators and the right leaders come together at the right time for the right reason. The time is now.

Access to and use of the internet has become an integral component of everyday life in the 21st century. Digital information has reshaped how individuals participate in nearly every dimension of society. It is imperative that communities leverage broadband network access to eliminate the homework gap and improve education, socioeconomic equality, telemedicine, public safety and economic development to maintain and grow the quality of life for their residents.

At least 380,000 homes in Michigan lack access to broadband. This equates to 27% of households in the state with school-age children.

The Michigan Moonshot is a collective call to action which aims to bridge the digital divide in Michigan. This call to action is an initiative to expand broadband access to all citizens through policy and funding, data and mapping, and education and resources.

While Merit does not intend to provide direct residential services, the Michigan Moonshot aims to act as a catalyst in the broadband ecosystem by informing policy makers, fostering public-private partnerships and convening collaboration between citizens and organizations in our state.

PILLARS OF THE MICHIGAN MOONSHOT APPROACH

Data & Mapping: Provide communities with data collection resources and coverage maps to inform infrastructure planning.

DATA & MAPPING

Policy & Funding: Foster public-private relationships, educate policy makers about the digital divide and share funding information with communities.

POLICY & FUNDING

Education & Resources: Conduct groundbreaking research that maps the impacts of the digital divide and develop educational resources for use by individuals and communities across Michigan.

EDUCATION & RESOURCES

For more information, call (734) 527-5785 or email [email protected] 

INTERESTED IN MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE MICHIGAN MOONSHOT?

The Michigan Moonshot is Merit’s commitment to ending the digital divide. The Michigan Moonshot aims to leverage public and private partnerships to connect everyone in rural Michigan, regardless of geography.

The Moonshot Team needs citizen scientists, like YOU to help us gather data about the internet in your community.

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