Hope may be on the way in the form of Connect Michigan, "a public-private partnership with the Public Service Commission that works with counties to create plans to improve Internet services. The plans include actions such as locating federal and state funding and reaching out to community leaders to promote projects for expansion," McKendry writes.
"Around one-third of rural households and farms nationwide lack broadband Internet, according to the most recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture," McKendry writes. "Although current state-by-state numbers are unavailable, the department once ranked Michigan rural areas among the nation’s worst for broadband access in 2008-09." (Connect Michigan graphic: 67 percent of state residents have adopted broadband, but only 50 percent of rural residents have)