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Getting Connected: Benefits of Broadband in your Home. Tanesha Hixon Office of Technology Partnerships Michigan Department of Information Technology. Getting Connected… It could be the best thing you ever do! . Broadband is bringing people just like you:

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Getting connected benefits of broadband in your home

Getting Connected: Benefits of Broadband in your Home

Tanesha HixonOffice of Technology Partnerships

Michigan Department of Information Technology


Getting connected it could be the best thing you ever do
Getting Connected… It could be the best thing you ever do!

Broadband is bringing people just like you:

  • More Convenience to their Everyday Life

  • Valuable Information

  • A Wealth of Entertainment

  • Improved Employment Opportunities

  • Better Educational Tools

  • Numerous Cost Savings Opportunities

  • and so much more……


Why get connected convenience
Why Get Connected?Convenience!

Get online and accomplish ordinary tasks

in half the time....from the comfort of your

home!

  • Online Banking

    • Pay bills online!

    • 24x7 access to your account information

  • Schedule your family’s doctor appointments or package pick ups

  • Order postage stamps, books, movie tickets and apparel

  • Renew your vehicle registration, drivers license, and subscriptions

  • Shop online anytime!


Information information and even more information
Information, information, and……even more information!

  • Research the symptoms and treatments of common medical conditions

  • Compare the prices of goods and services

  • Check the value and consumer reviews of a vehicle before you purchase it

  • Look up driving directions

  • Find out what resources are available in your community

  • Search for employment


Information information and even more information1
Information, information, and……even more information!

  • Find recipes for any and everything

  • Get the latest on news, weather, and your favorite sports team…in real time!

  • Need to know “how to”?....

    • Fix a television

    • Play poker

    • Speak Spanish

    • Sew

      And anything else you want to know…It’s only a click away! Learn online!


Work from home
Work from home

Telecommuting allows for:

  • Reduced to no travel time and costs

  • More and improved work opportunities

    • You can work for a company anywhere from the comfort of your own home!

  • More time with your family

  • A better balance of work and family life

  • Participation in the local community

  • Flexible work hours


Broadband increases education and income levels
Broadband increases education and income levels

  • Broadband permits participation in online degree programs—enrollment in online courses have increased 40 percent since 2005

  • Individuals with a bachelor’s degree make $23,000 more than high school graduates per year.

  • A recent survey of remote and rural broadband networks in British Columbiafound:

    • 15% of subscribers had higher incomes

    • 39% had lower household expenses


Help your children educate themselves and do it safely
Help your children educate themselves… and do it safely

  • Give your kids access to valuable and important information

  • Allow them to do educational research or get help with their homework

  • They can even entertain themselves with educational games or learn new things, such as, how to speak a foreign language.

  • The internet can also provide your children with information you may not what them to be exposed too…but that an easy fix and the benefits are worth the effort.

    You can:

    • Use web filtering tools to block inappropriate website and/or content

    • Establish online rules and agreements

    • Place your computer in a area of the home that make it easy to supervise you child online

    • Monitor the time spent online and ask them what they are doing online


Broadband allows you to have fun
Broadband allows you to have fun!

  • Send emails and pictures to your long distance family and friends instantly!

  • Download your favorite videos and music

  • Print photos whenever!

  • Watch the latest movies


Broadband can save you money
Broadband can…… Save you money !

Many companies offer special savings

online only:

  • Online Coupons

  • Web rebates

  • A discount on service charges if you pay online

    There are web sites that offer:

  • Discounted airline and hotel rates

  • Low-priced car rentals


Ready to get connected
Ready to Get Connected?

1. Determine which broadband option is right for you:

  • DSL – Internet connection requiring a telephone line; allows you to leave your internet connection open and still use the phone line for voice calls

  • Cable – Internet connection that receives access from local cable television line; cable modem required

  • Wireless - Internet connection using radio waves; wireless router required. Allows for mobility.

  • Satellite – Internet connection that uses a satellite dish to provide access; satellite modem required

    2. Contact your local broadband providers to get connected


Contacts questions
Contacts & Questions

MDIT Office of Technology Partnerships

  • George Boersma, [email protected](517) 335-1507

  • Tanesha [email protected](517)373-9502


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