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Beaver Island to connect to high-speed broadband

BEAVER ISLAND, MI— Peninsula Fiber Network has officially kicked off plans to expand broadband connectivity across Michigan.

Officials met with Beaver Island residents Monday to go over details of the project, which consists of laying underwater fiber optic cable from the island to the town of Gulliver in the eastern Upper Peninsula. It’s the first time Beaver Island will be connected to a larger broadband network with a wired fiber connection.

PFN received a $61.2 million grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration for the Beaver Island project. The money will also be used to install “Middle Mile” broadband infrastructure from Benton Harbor to Chicago, from the Upper to Lower Peninsula, and from Port Huron to Flint.

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.