You know we’re onto something when other states start programs that look like ours. According to the Michigan website…
Recognizing the impact access to high-speed internet has on educational and economic opportunities, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the opening of applications for the Connecting Michigan Communities (CMIC) grant program to increase broadband in underserved areas of Michigan. While much of Michigan has access to high-speed broadband internet service, there are still many rural areas lacking this vital connectivity.
“Access to high-speed internet is a must to compete in today’s society,” said Whitmer. “Connecting all Michigan communities with broadband service is about leveling the playing field for every child and small business in the state. Everyone should be able to fully explore their passions and talents, no matter where they live, and not be held back by a lack of infrastructure.”
The Department of Technology, Management, and Budget (DTMB) is now accepting applications for the CMIC grant program. It is offering $20 million in grants to internet service providers that are willing to expand access in unserved parts of the state.