Stories tagged: "rural"


Michigan's latest task force aims to tackle the state's digital divide and find broadband solutions for households.
Internet Access Isn’t Optional. These Programs Aim to Connect Michiganders in Need.

Thanks to millions in grants and the launch of a new taskforce, fewer Michiganders will have to resort to library parking lots for free wifi access.

Photos courtesy Alphonso Amos and William Garcia.
The Power of Protest in Rural Michigan

Here's how a group of just 24 protesters are influencing Adrian's population of 20,000 to protect its most vulnerable residents.

Graphic by Desiree Tapia
$323 a Week: How One Michigan Family of 5 Is Surviving on Unemployment

Before the coronavirus eliminated this family’s only source of income, they lived a typical middle-class life in a farmhouse. Now they borrow money just to eat.

Photo via Wilberforce Academy
Rural Michiganders Have A Different Set of Problems Riding Out the Pandemic

Small Town, Michigan, USA could be hardest hit by the coronavirus, but are they prepared?

Karl Manke, 77, left, wears a mask while cutting hair, Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at Karl Manke’s Barber and Beauty Shop in Owosso, Mich. Manke re-opened his doors on Monday in defiance of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order mandating salons, barbershops and other businesses to stay closed. He has already given nearly 100 haircuts, and fields more calls than that daily, all while continuing to cut hair. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)
This Barber Would Rather Risk Jail Than Unemployment: ‘I Don’t Need the Governor to Be My Mother”

This small town barber says he’ll still keep cutting hair and racking up fines for defying our statewide protections during the pandemic.

Farmer using a mobile device
6 in 10 Farmers Do Not Have Enough Internet​ Connectivity to Run Their Businesses

Reps. Joyce, Finkenauer renew commitment to expand broadband in rural America.