By this point we can all agree that reliable, fast internet is necessary for both work and play, but one northern Michigan customer was looking for something a bit out of the ordinary. When Prometheus Studios needed a high speed fiber internet connection in Traverse City to complete production on the latest season of the History Channel’s reality adventure series The Curse of Oak Island, they called Michigan Broadband.
The Curse of Oak Island
The show first premiered in January 2014 and follows Michiganders Marty and Rick Lagina on their hunt for treasure or historical artifacts believed to be on Oak Island. The island, located on the Atlantic shore of southern Nova Scotia, is rumored to be a hiding place for Captain Kidd’s treasure, important manuscripts, and even Marie Antoinette’s jewels. Intrepid treasure seekers have been conducting searches and excavations since 1865.
The Lagina brothers teamed up with father-and-son duo Dan and Dave Blankenship, permanent residents of the island who had been searching themselves since the 1960s. Since starting the series, the team has discovered multiple items like centuries-old coins; an antique brooch; and a lead cross that dates between 1200 and 1600 A.D. They have searched in well-known sites such as the so-called “Money Pit” as well as branching out to other locations with names like “Nolan’s Cross,” the “Hatch,” and the “Swamp.”
The series also offers interviews with other investigators and explores many theories about who may have been on Oak Island in the past and what might still be hidden there. These include theories that codes might have been secreted in Shakespearean literature, or that Sir Francis Bacon and the Rosicrucians may have embarked on a secret project involving Oak Island. Other notable groups that may have hidden valuables on the island include the Knights Templar, the Aztec Empire, and those seeking to hide North African gold.
Many independent researchers have been on the show in order to share their own theories about the location of the treasure, as well as how to defeat the booby traps and natural barriers in order to retrieve it. While some of the theories seem a bit less likely – and may not have any evidence to support them – The Curse of Oak Island shares these different opinions and then seeks to find the facts alongside the treasure.
“The Biggest Season Yet”
The History Channel bills the upcoming season as the “biggest yet,” with Rick, Marty, and the Oak Island team bringing even more technology and determination to the mystery. Last season’s seismic testing revealed a possible sunken ship in the swamp, which will be explored in the upcoming season, and the island will undergo even more extensive metal detection than before. A cofferdam at Smith’s Cove will be opened in the search for more manmade structures. Many already discovered predated even the Money Pit, which will be explored more thoroughly with deep ground penetrating radar as treasure hunting gets a boost from twenty-first century technology.
So much has already been discovered on the island and documents in more than 100 episodes, leading to higher levels of excitement and anticipation for what the next season will have in store.
The Michigan Connection
Marty Lagina is the founder of Mari Vineyards on Old Mission Peninsula. Since the first planting in 1999 and the vineyard’s launch of its flagship wine in 2006, the vineyard has grown to over 60 acres. Lagina’s connection to mystery even extends to Mari Vineyards: during that first planting, friends and family joined in with urgency to plant the vines before they could be ruined by the heat. To this day no one knows which varieties were mixed together in the first seven rows before they discovered what was happening. The flagship wine, named Row 7 in honor of this mystery, “had a flavor all its own” and helped launched Mari Vineyards into the success it is today.
Lagina is also the CEO of Michigan company Heritage Sustainable Energy, formed in 2004 and committed to providing clean, homegrown energy to Michigan. Heritage has installed 69 wind turbines around the state, with 1 solar project in operation and 1 under construction. The total clean energy produced by these projects is enough to power the equivalent of 57,000 average Michigan homes every year. Heritage is also the most experienced and proven Michigan-based wind and solar energy company, which means Lagina is familiar not only with mysteries, but also with quality and service.
While in Traverse City and working on the latest season of The Curse of Oak Island, Candice Kang — the production manager at Prometheus Studios, was in need of fiber internet. It’s “hard to come by in Traverse City,” she writes, “and I had a high profile business project with strict deadlines.” She found herself turning to Michigan Broadband Services to explain her unique work-from-home situation and was delighted with the speed of the response.
“Everything worked out seamlessly and quickly,” Candice reported. “They are extremely professional and were more than accommodating to all of my needs. They are great to work with as they responded quickly to all my questions and concerns. I’m so appreciative of the team at Michigan Broadband.”
Michigan Broadband Services is dependable enough to support the production of a season of a long-running television show, and responsive to the needs of customers, no matter how unusual they might be.
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