MPSC: Michigan Awarded $1.8 Million Grant to Launch Broadband Mapping and Planning Initiative

Contact: Judy Palnau (517) 241-3323

December 23, 2009

The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today announced that Michigan has received a $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to launch a comprehensive broadband mapping and planning initiative called Connect Michigan.  The funding, provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act), will enable the state to collect data and develop a detailed map of existing broadband service.

"Extending high-speed Internet access to every corner of the state is part of our effort to diversify Michigan's economy and create jobs," noted Governor Jennifer M. Granholm.  "The comprehensive coverage map developed with the Recovery Act funds will help us open the door to the economic opportunities afforded by faster, more reliable Internet access to un-served and underserved communities throughout the state."

"The map that will be created as a result of this grant will be a crucial tool for businesses, customers and policymakers to identify areas that still lack service and close the digital divide," added MPSC Chairman Orjiakor Isiogu. 

Connect Michigan is a partnership between the Michigan Public Service Commission and Connected Nation, a national leader in broadband mapping.  An initial map is scheduled to be complete by the spring of 2010.  The state will use the information gathered during the two-year project to plan broadband expansion efforts and spur investment in un-served and underserved areas.

Michigan residents are encouraged to visit the Connect Michigan Web site -- connectmi.org- to test their Internet speed, take a technology assessment and learn more about the initiative.