Michigan receives grant funding to expand high-speed internet to households and small businesses
June 26, 2023
Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced Michigan is set to receive over $1.5 billion through the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program to expand high-speed internet access and digital equity to over 200,000 Michiganders in unserved and underserved areas across the state. Funding for this program comes from the $65 billion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and will help close the digital divide and help ensure Michigan residents have access to affordable, reliable and high-speed internet.
“More than $1.5 billion will make a huge difference in building an environment of success around entrepreneurs. Broadband is every bit as important as other types of infrastructure and promises to be more so in the future. We’re committed to creating a state where small businesses in every region can prosper, which is impossible without uniform high-speed internet access,” said SBAM President and CEO Brian Calley. “SBAM appreciates the hard work of the Michigan High Speed Internet Office in securing an incredible amount of grant funding. This unprecedented investment will allow Michigan to build new networks connecting future entrepreneurs with unlimited opportunities.”