MAILBAG: Broadband project

Barbara asked: "What are they doing on Lincoln Street east of U.S. 31? I saw a sign last night that said something about a broadband project."
Alex Doty
Aug 15, 2012



That project is a part of the Merit Network broadband initiative making its way throughout the state.

The installation is a part of Merit's broadband stimulus project, REACH-3MC.

Here is some information about the project according to the Merit website,

In 2010, Merit Network, Inc. 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.

The Rural, Education, Anchor, Community and Health care - Michigan Middle Mile Collaborative (REACH-3MC) is a collaboration that will build much needed broadband infrastructure in many parts of the state. The first grant for $33.3 million enabled the construction of a 1,017 mile open-access network in Michigan's Lower Peninsula.

The second grant for $69.6 million will be used to 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.

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