Technology, Management and Budget
The Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget (DTMB) is providing a grant opportunity to extend broadband service into unserved areas in Michigan. The grant funds are available to projects that demonstrate collaboration to achieve community investment and economic development goals of the area impacted.
Pursuant to Public Act 166 of 2020, the goal of the Connecting Michigan Communities 3.0 Grant is to award grants for projects that exclusively extend broadband service into unserved areas in Michigan. Applications are to be received through a competitive grant process that is technology neutral and results in awards based on objective and efficient procedures. "Broadband service" means a retail terrestrial service capable of delivering high-speed internet access at speeds of at least 25 megabits per second downstream and 3 megabits per second upstream. "Unserved area" means either a census block lacking access to broadband service from at least one (1) internet service provider, an area lacking access to broadband service from at least one (1) internet service provider according to the most accurate and granular data on the broadband map created by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), or an area delineated through the process established in the enabling legislation without at least one (1) provider providing broadband service. Priority shall be given to projects that demonstrate collaboration to achieve community investment and economic development goals of the area impacted, that are able to demonstrate they have the managerial, financial, and technical ability to build, operate, and manage a broadband network, the likelihood the area would not be served without state grant funding, and that the project will serve a larger unserved area or greater number of locations than other proposals. All grant project work must be completed by September 30, 2025.
|Application Period||September 13, 2021, through November 15, 2021|
|Initial Award Recommendations Published||February 2022|
|Comment and Objection Period||February - April 2022|
|Grant Awards Announced||May 2022|
|Completion Date of the Project||September 2025|
*This map is being provided as a guide to illustrate where speeds of 25/3 Mbps may not be yet available, however it does not guarantee an area is available for grant funding. This data is provided for reference purposes only and should not be used as the sole source for identifying areas that may or may not be served by broadband at the designated speed, funded by federal subsidy, or eligible for the Connecting Michigan Communities Grant Program. Additional on-the-ground validation, local knowledge, and evidence may be necessary to determine the grant eligibility of a given area. All CMIC 3.0 Initial Awards will be subject to a 60 day public comment and objection period before final grants are awarded. The tabs and legend on the left side of the map can be used to view various data layers relating to broadband availability, existing grant funded locations, and federally subsidized deployment locations.