Sen. Stabenow Announces $59 Million In Rural Broadband Funds

Senator Debbie Stabenow announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $59 million into broadband in rural communities across Michigan.

DMCI Broadband will get $6.2 million in grants and loans to connect 2,899 people, 94 farms, 56 businesses, and 4 educational facilities to high-speed internet in Branch and Hillsdale County.

Michigan Central Broadband Company will get a $14.9 million grant to connect 360 people, 52 farms, and 7 businesses to high-speed internet in Crawford, Kalkaska, Otsego, and Presque Isle County.

Upper Peninsula Telephone Company will get a $34.5 million grant to connect 1,625 people, 69 farms, 40 businesses, and 2 educational facilities to high-speed internet in Dickinson, Luce, Mackinac, Marquette, Menominee, and Ontonagon County.

The Baraga Telephone Company will get a $3.3 million loan to connect 362 people, 4 farms, and 2 businesses to high-speed internet in Houghton County.

“High speed internet isn’t a luxury, it’s an essential service that we need for everything from work, school, doctors’ visits, and paying our bills,” says Sen. Stabenow.

The funds were made possible through the USDA’s Rural Development Broadband ReConnect Program and the bipartisan infrastructure act.