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Connect Benzie – Broadband Initiative

The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) is an FCC initiative designed to inject billions of dollars into the construction and operation of rural broadband networks.

*be sure to set the filter on the left to "RDOF Auction 904 Winning Bids" and zoom in to see build-out scheduled for unserved areas.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is a forerunner in the latest medical technology.  BCBSM recognizes that timely & quality care is often a hurdle in rural communities.  Ensuring Rural residents have fast and accessible internet is vital to providing online care.  BCBSM supports communities and providers that make internet accessible to those who need it most.

Information is the great equalizer. 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 for communities to leverage broadband network access to eliminate the homework gap and for the benefit of education, socioeconomic equality, telemedicine, Smart Agriculture, public safety and economic development to maintain and grow quality of life for their citizens.

(credit: Michigan Broadband Summit)

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The Benzie Area Chamber of Commerce works in conjunction with the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance's Connect Rural program, to engage infrastructural plans in Northern Michigan, with regards to internet connectivity.

This Summit will be an opportunity for residents, businesses, government, and community leaders to be brought up to speed on where our County is at and where it plans and needs to go to make Benzie County digitally competitive moving forward. The Broadband Summit will take place on Monday, October 12 from 7 pm – 8:30 pm and complete details may be found on the Benzie Chamber Facebook page or the Chamber website (


Who Should Attend:

  • Community leaders, officials, and network champions
  • Grassroots “activists”
  • Incumbent providers
  • Community anchor institutions
  • Individuals with both technical and non-technical job titles
  • Anyone interested in seeing Broadband Initiatives in Benzie County


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