Federal initiative will bring broadband services to rural areas of Michigan

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More than 180,000 homes in Michigan will be connected with broadband over the next six years.

The Federal Communications Commission created the Connect America Fund to to expand internet access across the country.

A non-profit organization, Connect Michigan, is helping head the expansion in the state.

Eric Frederick is the Vice President of Community Affairs for Connect Michigan.

“Its a six year plan to build out fairly robust broadband into some of the most rural parts of the state. So over the next six years those three carriers are going to be connecting 186,000 homes to broadband that didn’t have it before.”

Frontier, Century Link and AT&T will be providing the services.

Fredrick said some of the counties that will benefit include Clare, and Gratiot as well as much of the U-P.

“The areas that were eligible for that federal funding, again, were mostly rural areas or those areas kind of on the fringes of small towns if you will, that just didn’t have infrastructure before. So that funding will really help a lot of rural communities get better connected.”

Fredrick says some of the counties that will benefit include Clare, and Gratiot as well as much of the U.P.

Right now, Connect Michigan is working on the infrastructure needed to expand services.