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UP gets funding for high-speed internet

MARQUETTE, MI— The U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding funding to expand high-speed internet in the U.P.

Upper Peninsula Telephone Company will receive a $ 34,532,301 grant to connect 1,625 people, 69 farms, 40 businesses, and two educational facilities to high-speed internet in Dickinson, Luce, Mackinac, Marquette, Menominee, and Ontonagon counties.

The Baraga Telephone Company will receive a $3,302,981 loan to connect 362 people, four farms, and two businesses to high-speed internet in Houghton County.

The funds were made possible by the USDA’s Rural Development Broadband ReConnect Program.

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.