OUR WORK SO FAR
In October 2020, Governor Whitmer and Lieutenant Governor Gilchrist announced the formation of the Connecting Michigan Taskforce, an interagency working group that has worked to align the work being done by state agencies and departments related to high-speed internet access.
Governor Whitmer also signed into law the Broadband Expansion Act of Michigan, which codified the Connecting Michigan Communities (CMIC) grant program. Earlier this year, the Michigan Infrastructure Council also launched a "Dig Once" project portal that is designed for infrastructure asset owners to document infrastructure and utility work, which will help improve coordination and was called for both in the "21st Century Infrastructure Commission Report" and the "Michigan Broadband Roadmap."
During the Whitmer-Gilchrist Administration, internet service providers have secured:
- $363M through the Federal Communications Commission's Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction
- $12.7M in grant awards through the state-level Connecting Michigan Communities Grant Program, with additional awards to be announced in June 2021
- $32.6M through the United States Department of Agriculture's ReConnect Program
- $4.8M through the FCC's COVID-19 Telehealth Grant Program