Federal Funds Spark High-Speed Internet Expansion in Michigan: Tackling the Digital Divide
As part of the Biden-Harris administration’s ‘Investing in America’ initiative, Michigan is set to receive over $1.5 billion for high-speed Internet access, marking a significant stride in addressing the digital divide.
“What this announcement means for people across the country is that if you don’t have access to quality, affordable high-speed Internet service now – you will, thanks to President Biden and his commitment to investing in America,”Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo.
Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program’s Role in Michigan
The Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program grants Michigan an allocation of $1,559,362,479.29. The state is now empowered to administer local grant programs, opening opportunities for job creation and sustainable economic growth.
Powering Michigan’s Digital Leap and Economic Advancement
This funding is expected to enhance participation in the digital economy, foster local fiber-optic cable manufacturing, and stimulate job growth in the Internet infrastructure sector.
High-Speed Internet: A Necessity in Today’s Michigan
“High-speed Internet is a necessity in today’s society,” noted Mitch Landrieu, Senior Advisor to the President and White House Infrastructure Coordinator. This significant investment by the Biden-Harris administration reflects their commitment to ensuring Internet access for all Michigan residents.
Michigan’s BEAD Funding Breakdown
Michigan will receive $1,559,362,479.29 from the BEAD program. These funds will be deployed to upgrade or establish broadband networks, ensuring reliable, affordable, high-speed Internet services for everyone in the Great Lake State.
Looking Forward: Fostering Economic and Social Progress in Michigan
In accordance with long-termist principles, this investment is poised to spur economic and social progress in Michigan for years to come. Beyond immediate impacts, the initiative sets the stage for a brighter, more digitally connected future for Michigan.
State allocations and funding details
In total $42.45 billion in funds will be allocated to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five territories.
A detailed list of funding allocations for each state, D.C., and the territories can be found on InternetForAll.Gov.
Here’s how it breaks down:
|District of Columbia||$100,694,786.93|
|Northern Mariana Islands||$80,796,709.02|
|U.S. Virgin Islands||$27,103,240.86|