On July 20, representatives from Merit Network will introduce the plans for this project and answer questions on how the community can take advantage of this high-speed network. This meeting will be held at 3 p.m. at Howard Miller Library, 14 S. Church St. in Zeeland.
The first grant for $33.3 million will enable the construction of a 1,017-mile open-access network in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. The second grant for $69.6 million will add an additional 1,270 miles of fiber-optic infrastructure in Northern Lower and Upper Peninsulas of Michigan. REACH-3MC is middle-mile infrastructure project funded through a program of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
Merit Network structured the REACH-3MC project to include several sub-recipients, organizations that can leverage the new infrastructure to improve broadband access to homes and businesses along the route.
Interested parties can register for this meeting at www.merit.edu/meritformichigan/meetings.