4 February 2005 :: 12:12 pm
Granholm Introduces the MiPc Program
BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com
Granholm was the featured speaker at the 10th Annual Women and Leadership
in the Workplace Conference.
Governor Granholm has
introduced a new program called "MiPC." It is going to
provide Michigan residents with the opportunity to get huge deals
on computers, software, Internet service, e-mail and warrantes for
Granholm's idea is to
make computers available for all people living in MIchigan no matter
what their income level is. It will benefit people who are poor
or who are currently unemployed. Her goal is to make more people
in our state familiar with using computers.
Jennifer Granholm reports,
"This program helps position Michigan for the new marketplace
without expanding government spending." She adds,
"This is about expansing access to the technology that
citizens need in order to be successful in the 21st-Century marketplace."
According to the state's
Department of Information Technology, 85% of all new jobs will require
proficient computer skills. Recent studies conducted by EPIC-MRA
indicate that 28% of Michigan homes do not have computers or the
Internet. That is about 1.05 million families in our state.
The MiPC program is going
to offer three different types of computers and type different types
of laptops. The state is going to look for computer manufacturers
that are willing to sign on with this new program. Granholm expects
to seell 100,000 new computers in this first year of the program.
This package will also
come with software programs for word processing, spreadsheets and
other applications, similar to Microsoft Office. In addition, the
MiPC program will offer free tech support to teach users how to
e-mail, use the internet and other programs.
It begs the question,
are people going to continue to buy expensive computers or settle
with the ones provided by the state? Will this program have an effect
on competition between the manufacturers? What will the effect be
on Internet providers?
The hope is to get this
program up and running by May or early June. It should be very beneficial
for people who are poor or living with low income. There is an option
for you and it's coming in less than two months.