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MI-Connection Wins National Award
MI-Connection has been named the 2009 Community Broadband Project of the Year by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA). In their announcement, NATOA stated, “These honors are awarded to exceptional leaders and innovative programs that champion community interests and broadband deployment in local communities nationwide.”
Recipients were chosen based on their “extraordinary efforts, achievements, and innovation in community-based approaches to broadband. These individuals, organizations, and communities have distinguished themselves in the effort to ensure that more American communities and citizens benefit from new technology.”
In selecting MI-Connection as the Community Broadband Project of the Year, NATOA identified MI-Connection as “a public broadband communications network owned and operated by a consortium of municipalities in North Carolina that refused to accept sub-standard broadband and cable service and decided to deliver better quality themselves.”
Evan Webster, former chairman of the MI-Connection Board of Directors, said “It is truly affirming to know that a professional organization such as the NATOA views MI-Connection as notable in the area of broadband accomplishments. Despite some trying times, we never gave up or second guessed our decisions; we should be proud of that...With the system’s latest upgrades completed, MI-Connection is moving forward and applying the technology to achieve enhanced economic growth and improved quality of life for the great people of our communities.”
MI-Connection’s network passes nearly 34,000 potential customers in an estimated 55 square-mile area. The company is owned and controlled by the towns of Mooresville and Davidson, with Cornelius participating through the transfer of its customer base. Guided by a local six-member board of directors, MI-Connection is managed by BVU FOCUS, a telecom consulting and management firm based in Bristol, Virginia. For more information, visit www.mi-connection.com.