The Michigan High-Speed Internet Office will work to address the more than 212,000 homes that do not have access to high-speed Internet in Michigan.
LANSING, Michigan — The Michigan High-Speed Internet Office (MIHI) is expected to receive funding after urging proponents to approve an additional budget plan.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced Monday that she will sign an additional mid-year budget after the Michigan House and Senate approved it last Thursday.
The budget includes several investments, including money for MIHI to address the state’s high-speed internet problem.
“While this entire funding package is huge for Michigan, I want to focus on the small but important part that myself and our partners have been laser-focused on in recent months,” said Joanne Galloway, executive director of the Center for Change Advocacy of Northern Ireland. Michigan. “While the governor established the Michigan High-Speed Internet Office via executive order last summer, we needed lawmakers to take action, and they finally did. We can do good things when we work together.”
MIHI will work to bring much-needed high-speed Internet to rural and other underserved communities in Michigan. The high-speed Internet gives families reliable Internet access to complete school assignments, access telemedicine services, level their small businesses, and video chat with their loved ones.
“I’m excited that our governor and the legislature are making MIHI a reality so that rural communities have the resources they need to connect and thrive,” said Bob Thompson, president of Michigan Farmers Union.
“Family farmers must closely monitor commodity markets, have access to educational programs, make the most of the opportunities offered by federal and state loans and grants, and purchase and supply necessary farming inputs, parts and other supplies, all of which have a stable Internet connection.”
According to MIHI, households with a broadband connection see an estimated economic impact of $1,850 per year and farmers accessing high-speed internet experience an average increase of 6% in farm income.
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