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More funding for high-speed internet connection awarded to MI

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The National Telecommunications and Information Administration is awarding federal funding to the State of Michigan for high-speed internet.

The more than $1.5 billion in funding is made available by the Broadband, Equity, Access, and Deployment Program, known as BEAD. Officials say it will make reliable, affordable high-speed internet available to all Michiganders.

More than $61 million in federal funding was awarded earlier this month to the Peninsula Fiber Network to connect unserved and underserved communities in Michigan. The project will place 535 miles of new broadband fiber to connect local networks to high-capacity national and regional networks.

Officials say it will bring high-speed internet access to more than 35,000 homes in rural counties across Michigan.

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.