Rural areas of the eastern Upper Peninsula are closer to high-speed Internet access thanks to $25 million in loans and grants.
On Thursday, the US Department of Agriculture announced that 20 states will share $502 million to provide internet service to rural residents and business
USDA is making the investments through the third round of funding from the ReConnet Loan and Grant Program. Private companies will install the broadband and set the price for the service.
“These are independent companies that are getting ahead,” said Mariah Goos, community liaison for the EUP Connect Collaborative. “We still have to see it in the sense that it is an investment for them. Yes, the clients are here. If you bring it, they will sign up.”
We encourage you to complete a survey which is essential for the program to fully benefit the area. You can complete that survey here.