Public meeting planned for Broadband Stimulus Project

Merit Network Inc. will be holding a community meeting to provide an introduction to Ottawa County communities on Merit's Broadband Stimulus Project, REACH-3MC. In 2010, Merit Network received two federal grants from funds allocated through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, totaling more than $100 million for Merit's broadband project, REACH-3MC. REACH-3MC is a collaboration that will build much needed broadband infrastructure in many parts of the state. The route for REACH-3MC will bring this fiber build to the Ottawa County area.
Jul 14, 2011


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


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