ST JAMES & PEAINE TWPS ARE APPLYING FOR FEDERAL BROADBAND GRANT
If you live on the Island (year-round or seasonal) or run a business on the Island, you can help the application process by completing a survey. Just go to either of the township’s websites and click on the BROADBAND SURVEYS LINK. Make sure you also complete the Speed Test. Please complete the survey and speed test as soon as possible.The townships are applying to the US Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Broadband Infrastructure Program. With our partner, Great Lakes Energy, Beaver Island is applying for a multi-million-dollar grant to build an island wide fiber to the home (FTTH) network and a fiber backhaul to the mainland. This is an ambitious and essential grant proposal which, if successful, will prepare the Beaver Island community to fully engage in the modern world. The grant deadline is August 17th and award announcements will be made in November 2021.