Expanded internet coverage in Benzie County announced by Charter Communications





BENZONIA – An event to announce Charter Communication’s intent to bring Spectrum internet services to more homes in Benzie County was held at Grow Benzie on Monday.

Representatives from Spectrum, as well as Sen. Curt VanderWall, R-Ludington, Rep. Jack O’Malley, R-Lake Ann, members of the Benzie County Board of Commissioners and other community leaders joined members of the public for a ceremonial “groundbreaking.”

According to Spectrum representatives, the internet provider intends to use $1.2 million in federal Rural Development Opportunity Fund money and invest an additional $6 million to build a fiber-optic network that will bring Spectrum services to 1,335 underserved residents and small businesses in Benzie County.

Charter also intends to invest in its broadband network in neighboring counties as well, part of a $5 billion investment in a multi-year, multi-state push to bring fiber to homes and businesses across the country.

“We’re here today to fill a critical gap,” said Karen Coronado, Charter’s manager of state government affairs of Michigan. “There is a need for broadband internet for business, for students and for families.”

Coronado said Charter has already installed 65 miles of network in Benzie County, with another 110 miles planned.




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