Michigan receives federal funds for high-speed internet access program

SAGINAW, Mich. (WNEM) – The US Treasury Department announced that Michigan would receive $250.6 million to increase affordable high-speed Internet access. The money comes from the American Rescue Plan’s Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund.

“We all worked together to get the US bailout across the finish line and it’s exciting to see the results here in Michigan,” said US Senator Debbie Stabenow.

The state’s Realizing Opportunity with Broadband Infrastructure Networks (ROBIN) program aims to connect nearly 68,000 households and businesses that still lack high-speed Internet access in Michigan.

“The COVID-19 crisis has changed the way we work and learn,” said Senator Stabenow. “In Michigan, many families were left behind because too many rural and low-income communities lacked high-speed internet.”

Each of ROBIN’s funded Internet service providers will participate in a Federal Communications Commission program, providing a subsidy of $30 per month to low-income families and up to $75 per month to eligible households on tribal lands.

The Treasury also announced funding for similar projects in Massachusetts and Wisconsin.

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