LANSING, Mich.— The Telecommunications Association of Michigan (TAM), which represents local landline, wireless and cable television providers, held its annual PoliTech conference this week in Lansing. Representatives from rural telecommunications providers from across the state met to discuss industry goals and concerns as well as interact with state policymakers.
Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, chair of the Senate Energy and Technology Committee, was joined Thursday by Rep. Aric Nesbitt, R-Lawton, chair of the House Energy and Technology committee, for a moderated policy discussion.
Among many other issues, industry professionals expressed frustration with the state property tax structure and the resulting disincentive for capital improvements.
Sen. Nofs has continued to express his desire to work with TAM to achieve his goal of obtaining broadband access to every corner of the state.
“Local providers are responsible for significant investments that support rural communities throughout Michigan,” said Nofs. “We need to assess our current policies and ensure that the state isn’t standing in the way of positive growth that could hinder residents’ access to broadband communication services.”