Grant money will bring internet to rural areas

Businesses in Cass, Lenawee and St. Joseph counties will share in $33.8 million in grant money, leading more than 21,000 homes and businesses to modern broadband internet in rural areas.

The Federal Communication Commission announced last month the winning bids. In fall 2018, it allocated more than $1.4 billion in support to expand broadband to more than 700,000 unserved rural homes and small businesses over the next 10 years.

Mercury Wireless Indiana received $60,000 to serve 159 locations in St. Joseph County. It also received $15,000 for 115 locations in Cass County. The service will be at 25 megabytes download and 3 megabytes upload speed.

The electrical cooperative in Cassopolis, Midwest Energy Cooperative, received a grant of $700,900 to provide one gigabyte download and 500 megabyte of service to 372 locations in St. Joseph County. In Cass County, it will provide that service to 840 more locations with a $ 1.2 million grant.

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