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Blog // Connect Michigan

Expressions of Interest from Michigan Focus on Fiber to the Premise Projects in FCC Rural Broadband Experiment Program

By Connected Nation

Expressions of interest filed from Michigan for the FCC’s Rural Broadband Experiment program cover areas throughout the state and recommend various technology types, however, proposed projects primarily include service expansion ideas through fiber to the premise networks. 

Last January, the FCC voted to create the Rural Broadband Experiment program that it hopes will help shape and adjust its Connect America Fund (CAF) broadband subsidy program. These rural broadband experiments mark the first opportunity for providers that are not the incumbent local telephone company in a particular area to receive CAF subsidies to build and operate fixed broadband networks in those areas.

“Expressions of interest” were due at the FCC on March 7, and proposed project scopes in Michigan range from projects narrowly focusing on county-level deployment challenges to proposals to serve existing broadband gaps across the entire state. Project funding requests range from just $300,000 to as much as $240 million in subsidies. The overall budget for all 41 proposed projects is upward of $910 million.

As discussed in a previous blog post, the FCC solicited the expressions of interest from providers, communities, institutions, and public-private partnerships regarding their ideas and proposals as to how they would utilize CAF subsidies to support broadband infrastructure build-out in unserved areas.

To read Connected Nation’s summary on the filings from Michigan, please click here.



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