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Updated Internet Speed Survey

Continuing its efforts to correct the data about the island in the FCC's National Broadband Map, the Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee has, in cooperation with the BIA, put up a new online...

Check the FCC Broadband Map TODAY

The Island's Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee, formed by the townships, is urging all Island residents to check the FCC's National Broadband Map (broadbandmap.fcc.gov) to make sure that...

The Great Lakes Islands Alliance is Growing and Adapting

(Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the International Joint Commission Newsletter Great Lakes Connection. It is reprinted here with the permission of the authors.) In 2018, newsletter...

BIA Initiatives: Beaver Island Birding Trail

The BIA organized and developed the Beaver Island Birding Trail and, with the leadership of Pam Grassmick, presents an annual Warblers on the Water Beaver Island Birding Trail Festival. The trail...
Updated Internet Speed Survey

Updated Internet Speed Survey

Continuing its efforts to correct the data about the island in the FCC’s National Broadband Map, the Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee has, in cooperation with the BIA, put up a new online speed test survey. This one is automatic. All you need to do is click a link and answer a few questions while the speed tests run in the background. The results are automatically reported into a database that the JTAC will use to provide correct info about speeds on the island to Michigan’s Broadband office. They are the ones in the best position to get the FCC to correct erroneous information about actual speeds available for internet service on the island. Use the handy button below to start the process.

A few important notes:

  • If you are away from the island for the season, there’s an option there to answer the survey questions only. You can run the speed test when you return. Even if that is in the spring or later, the JTAC still would like to have you run the test when you are back.
  • If you have service at more than one location, the JTAC asks that you run the test at each location.

The BIA joins the JTAC and both township boards in urging you to run the test. It’s important for the future of broadband service on the island.

If you have trouble using the button to get to the test, please click this link or enter this address in your browser: bijtac.org.

Check the FCC Broadband Map TODAY

Check the FCC Broadband Map TODAY

The Island's Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee, formed by the townships, is urging all Island residents to check the FCC's National Broadband Map (broadbandmap.fcc.gov) to make sure that the information in it about internet service at their home, business...

JTAC conducting Internet speed survey

JTAC conducting Internet speed survey

Most Island property owners have probably received their Winter Tax Bills by now. Included in them is an Internet Speed Survey being conducted for the townships by the Island's Joint Townships Telecommunications Advisory Committee (JTAC). It's all part of an effort to...

ETIPP Onboarding Meeting

ETIPP Onboarding Meeting

Wednesday morning at 10:00 there’s an ETIPP Information and Strategy meeting via Zoom with the island’s  National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) Advisor, Liz Weber.  The island was the winner of an ETIPP grant and this meeting will kick off the process of working to plan...

Dark Sky Happenings in July

Dark Sky Happenings in July

July is going to be a dream-month – or maybe a dreamless month – for island dark sky buffs. With the Thunder Supermoon, two meteor showers and a comet, there’s so much to see that there might not be time to sleep at night.  The thunder super moon will rise this...

Invasive beech leaf disease found in Michigan

The Michigan departments of Natural Resources and Agriculture and Rural Development recently confirmed the presence of invasive beech leaf disease in a small, private woodlot in southern St. Clair County, located in southeast Michigan. Beech leaf disease, not...

Beaver Island Lake Ecology Workshop

A Beaver Island Lake Ecology Workshop will be held Monday, July 11th, 9:30 am - 2:00 pm at CMU Biological Station with an optional field trip to Barney's Lake on the same day at 3:30 - 5:00 pm. This hands-on program is presented by Erick Elgin and Dr. Jo Latimore of...

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