Eric Frederick has been selected to be the very first Chief Connectivity Officer for the Michigan High-Speed Internet Office (MIHI).
Frederick will oversee helping make high-speed internet affordable and accessible for residents all over the state of Michigan.
“Eric has been a high-speed internet expert in Michigan for many years, and now his expertise will enhance our efforts to expand access and affordability,” said Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II, said in a press release. “As the state’s first-ever Chief Connectivity Officer, Eric will lead our new High-Speed Internet Office as it develops the necessary infrastructure to invest our resources effectively and efficiently to achieve our goals.
Before being selected as the new Chief Connectivity Officer Frederick had worked as a Vice President of Broadband Planning and Executive Director at Connected Nation Michigan, where he has worked for over 10 years.
“Every Michigander deserves the opportunity to improve their quality of life with access to high-speed internet,” said Eric Frederick, Chief Connectivity Officer. “Access to fast, reliable broadband internet has never been more essential than it is today, and I am excited and honored to continue MIHI’s great work to provide every Michigander with the digital services they need.”
(MIHI) was established after Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order creating the office to focus on making high-speed internet more accessible since it has become an increasingly necessary tool for education, work, and living a modern life.