Michigan offering $20 Million to carriers to expand rural broadband

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The state of Michigan wants to increase broadband in rural areas. The Connecting Michigan Communities grant program is offering $20 million to internet service providers willing to expand access to unserved parts of the state. Providers can apply for up to $5 million per grant and can apply for multiple projects. Applications close Aug 30, with awards tentatively announced for April 2020 in time for the summer construction season. All projects must be completed by Sept. 30, 2023. The state says priority will be given to applications demonstrating collaboration to achieve community investment and economic development goals in the areas impacted. Gov Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) says “connecting all Michigan communities with broadband service is about leveling the playing field for every child and small business in the state.”

Michigan offering $20M to carriers to expand rural broadband