MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
This project will expand existing library computer centers and establish new centers in several underserved counties in Michigan. The goal is to help the state significantly build its technology infrastructure and give the targeted communities the social and economic advantages of free access to electronic communications and information systems. Michigan State University students will also gain valuable hands-on experience in helping to set up these systems.
The expanded and new public computer centers will serve 15 counties that currently have limited broadband access and high unemployment rates: Chippewa, Clare, Gladwin, Gogebic, Grand Traverse, Huron, Leelanau, Marquette, Menominee, Oakland, Oscoda, Otsego, Sanilac, Tuscola and Van Buren. The project will add approximately 500 new workstations at public computer centers throughout the state, and serve nearly 13,000 additional users per week.
The Michigan Department of Information Technology, Library of Michigan, other state and local government agencies, and regional broadband providers will be working with MSU on the project.