Michigan to spend $15 million to speed up internet across the state

State officials announce a third round of grants to improve internet service in under-served areas
Posted at 9:50 AM, Jul 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-15 11:21:36-04

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan plans to spend another $15.3 million to increase internet connectivity in the state.

The money will, awarded through the Connecting Michigan Communities grant program, will be used to support 20 projects that will add internet service to 6,700 locations.

Officials say the cash infusion will lead to an annual economic benefit of $12.4 million.

"During my first days in office, I committed to working to increase high-speed internet availability, affordability, and adoption across our state," Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist said in a press release. "We will continue to invest in expanding infrastructure to allow all Michiganders the opportunity to access high-speed internet. The funding in the CMIC grant will increase access for families and better connect people, communities, and businesses across Michigan."

This is the third round of state grant funding meant to decrease the digital divide in Michigan. Back in 2020, Connecting Michigan Communities gave $11.9 million to 10 projects. In April of this year, $1 million was awarded to four projects.

According to the release, the Connecting Michigan Communities program is aimed at putting internet services in underserved areas across the state and improving digital literacy for Michigan residents.

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