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Michigan High-Speed Internet Office Launches $238M Grant Program to Support Unserved Areas
January 19, 2023
Applications for MIHI’s ROBIN program are now open to providers and public-private partnerships to expand broadband to Michigan’s unserved locations.
Lansing, Mich.—The Michigan High-Speed Internet Office (MIHI) has opened the application window for the Realizing Opportunity with Broadband Infrastructure Networks (ROBIN) grant program, providing $238 million in federal funding through the Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund to support the deployment of high-speed internet to unserved locations throughout the state.
“The mission of MIHI is to create a more digitally equitable state where every Michigander can leverage technology to improve their quality of life,” said Susan Corbin, director of the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. “The ROBIN Grant Program will provide the dollars needed for the development and expansion of broadband infrastructure to underserved areas and increase internet access and affordability to many Michigan families and businesses.”
Eligible applicants for ROBIN include internet service providers, those licensed under the MI Telecommunications Act, franchise holders under the Uniform Video Services Local Franchise Act or any entity currently providing broadband service in the state. Partnerships between communities and internet service providers are also encouraged.
“MIHI has developed detailed educational materials to give potential ROBIN applicants the guidance and tools they need to make informed decisions,” said Eric Frederick, Michigan’s chief connectivity officer. “We are excited to officially launch the program and provide funds that are a critical part of Michigan’s broadband expansion plan. ROBIN will allow internet service providers and public-private partnerships to develop broadband infrastructure to the state’s unserved areas.”
Potential applicants can find helpful information on the on the MIHI funding page. Materials include:
- Factsheets and application instructions.
- Program guidance and application scoring criteria.
- Webinars on how to navigate the online application system.
- A map providing potential applicants with relevant and timely data.
The application window closes at 4 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, March 14, 2023.
All questions can be sent via email to: LEO-MIHighSpeedInternet@michigan.gov.