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 368,000 homes in Michigan lack access to broadband. This equates to 27% of households in the state with school-age children.
Public-private partnerships are critical for improving access to information and lessening the homework gap. The Michigan Moonshot, developed by Merit Network, is one approach of many that will be required to address the digital divide in our state and nation. Merit’s approach includes access and availability data collection, community education on actionable strategies to solve challenges, connecting communities to funding sources, policy influence and studies of the impact on society.
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.