High-Speed internet is not just a casual subject for Michiganders anymore. Former Governor Rick Snyder visited St. Clair County last year to address initiatives at the state level affecting rural areas like some found in our area. Now, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has announced the opening of applications for the Connecting Michigan Communities (CMIC) grant program to increase broadband in underserved areas of Michigan.
Some of our more rural areas in Michigan and certainly some in St. Clair and Sanilac counties have limited access to high-speed internet. Governor Whitmer said, “Access to high-speed internet is a must to compete in today’s society.” The Department of Technology, Management, and Budget is now accepting applications for the CMIC grant program. It is offering $20 million in grants to internet service providers that are willing to expand access in underserved parts of the state.