The Connected Nation Blog: Frederick Named Connect Michigan Program Manager

Friday, September 2, 2011

Frederick Named Connect Michigan Program Manager

Lansing, MIConnect Michigan announces the hiring of Eric Frederick as state program manager.

In that role, Frederick will lead Connect Michigan’s continuing statewide effort to increase broadband adoption and use throughout the state. Connect Michigan has been leading the way since 2009 to bring the economic and quality of life benefits of broadband to all Michigan residents.

“We know that expanding broadband has a significant economic impact on a state’s residents, and we know Eric’s experience, background, and passion for this mission will be a tremendous asset for the Connect Michigan program,” said Brian Mefford, CEO of national nonprofit Connected Nation, Connect Michigan’s parent organization.

As Connect Michigan’s program manager, Frederick’s duties will include developing and leading a coordinated initiative for broadband capacity building, continued broadband inventory mapping, local and regional technology planning, technical assistance, and ultimately, increased broadband adoption and digital literacy.

Prior to joining Connect Michigan, Frederick worked for LSL Planning, Inc. as a project planner. He holds a master of urban and regional planning from Michigan State University and a bachelor of science degree with a major in planning and a minor in Geographic Information Systems from Northern Michigan University.

“I’m excited to join the Connect Michigan team and use my experience to empower Michigan communities as they plan for a technology-led economic revival,” said Frederick. “In partnership with federal, state, private, non-profit, and local community organizations, Connect Michigan will ensure our state is a model for broadband access, adoption, and use. Broadband improves quality of life and provides one more reason Michigan is a great place to live, work, and play.”

Frederick can be contacted at (517) 994-8024 or

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