High Speed Internet Service Coming to Manistee County
Manistee County is the first of 37 rural Michigan counties to receive a new, 4G LTE wireless high speed Internet service courtesy of miSpot, a subsidiary of Agri-Valley Communications, Inc. based in Pigeon, Michigan. The service uses cutting-edge technology only recently introduced in rural areas of the United States. Through technology and the deployment of new infrastructure, high speed Internet will now be available to many residences and businesses that were underserved or not served with Internet capacity.
"After more than two years of work of analyzing this new technology, studying various markets and installing new infrastructure, we're delighted to be ready to launch our miSpot 4G LTE service in Manistee County, one of 37 Michigan Counties where our service will be available in the months ahead," said Ray Leppien, miSpot General Manager. "We understand how important it is for rural areas to receive the same high speed Internet service as their urban counterparts. Manistee County was chosen for our initial launch because theyhave been a great partner in helping us get to this point."
Leppien said that over two dozen volunteers in Manistee County have been testing the miSpot service over the past three months with very good results and favorable comments from the testers.
"As a miSpot tester, I've been able to get high speed Internet service and accomplish things I could never do before from remote locations in the Manistee County area," said Amy Wojciechowski, who directs the Business Department for West Shore Community College. "I think it's one of the best things to hit Manistee County in a long time!"
"It's a big step forward for our businesses, families and visitors," said Kathy Adair, Executive Director of the Alliance for Economic Success. "With miSpot, many people who want to run their businesses from beautiful Manistee County will now be able to do so. It's a very high priority in the economic development strategies and master plans throughout the County."
Connect Manistee County, a partnership of public and private organizations in Manistee County, was formed nearly three years ago to bring "last mile" high speed internet service to Manistee County and has partnered with Agri-Valley Communications, Inc. and its new miSpot subsidiary since that time to bring the new service to the area. More information is available by going to http://miSpot.net.
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