Rural access to broadband internet service is a major factor that impacts the ability of rural Michigan residents to compete and participate in the economy. The failure of public policy to address this critical need must be addressed. Access to internet is an important issue for business, agriculture, and academic purposes for rural students. The state of Michigan should address a comprehensive policy for the provision of universal broadband access statewide that is equitable in cost and quality in both rural and urban settings.
We oppose the granting of exclusive franchise to service providers in municipalities.
We encourage Michigan Farm Bureau to explore the feasibility of offering discounted high speed internet as a member benefit.