Online Learning Update

February 28, 2019

Michigan rural areas search for high-speed internet

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

By ZARIA PHILLIPS, News-Advocate

Frustrated by a lack of access to high-speed internet, some rural communities in western Michigan and the Upper Peninsula are inventing their own solutions. It will be years before solid high-speed internet cables can be run through the U.P., according to the region’s lawmakers. That causes problems now. Northern Michigan University in Marquette faced declining enrollment because students couldn’t do homework or take online classes, said state Rep. Sara Cambensy, D-Marquette. So the university put hotspots on the cell towers all over the U.P. and enrollment recovered.

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