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Broadband Stimulus Project completed in Menominee

Article reprinted from ABC 10 web site

An Upper Peninsula city celebrated the completion of new $130 million dollar project Wednesday.

Ann Arbor-based Merit completed new segments of its Broadband Stimulus Project in Menominee.

The project, Rural, Education, Anchor, Community and Healthcare - Merit's Michigan Middle Mile Collaborative (REACH-3MC), helps connect rural and underserved areas in Michigan with more than 2,200 miles of broadband infrastructure.

"When you look north of Mount Pleasant, there's no more public universities until you get to the U.P. and the infrastructure from Mount Pleasant north is terrible, so we needed this infrastructure," Merit's Vice President of Member Relations Elwood Downing said. "Also if you look there's no major interstates north of Flint-there's only I-75-so therefore building this infrastructure to provide service to the rest of the community is really important."

"So the analogy between the super information highway to the interstate system there's something to be said about that."

"It leverages technology, reduces cost," Menominee County Sheriff Kenny Marks said. "It will allow our county-not only in terms of government, schools-to reach out throughout the U.P. , but also out of the U.P. and in other areas where there's services and support that will make our area that much more connected to the outside world."

The new broadband allows Menominee, and other U.P. cities, to connect to broadband services at a lower cost and consolidates services.

"The community can now begin doing things regionally and share resources and build out the economic development here," Downing said. "It then expands them broader to be able to share services with other counties throughout the state. And a lot of counties are doing that, they really are."

"We're going to have improved productivity, efficiency at a lower cost. And that's good when it comes to government, because the tax payers are paying the bill and if we can make that bill smaller then we're doing our jobs right," Marks said.







Progress Report Archive for REACH-3MC ARRA Project

The following is an archive of progress report messages that were posted on the REACH-3MC Web Page. Click a title listed below to view a progress report. To view progress reports from a different REACH-3MC section, use the "Select a Different Archive" menu.

REACH-3MC General Project Update Archive
Update Title Area Update Last Modified
Merit Extends the Reach of its Network by 2,300 Miles Using CommScope Fiber Solutions

REACH-3MC Project Update August 07, 2014 10:46 am

Broadband Stimulus Project completed in Menominee

REACH-3MC Project Update August 07, 2014 10:46 am

Merit-orious Beginning

REACH-3MC Project Update November 20, 2013 12:40 pm

Two Great Events Celebrating REACH-3MC in the Western Upper Peninsula

REACH-3MC Project Update November 15, 2013 2:49 pm

Merit Completes 10 Gigabit Connection from Alpena to Powers, Michigan

REACH-3MC Project Update November 15, 2013 2:49 pm

Bringing Broadband to Schools in Rural Michigan

REACH-3MC Project Update August 28, 2013 3:00 pm

Merit Announces Completed Milestones for the REACH-3MC Round II Project

REACH-3MC Project Update July 31, 2013 12:15 pm

Merit Lights REACH-3MC II Network from Grand Rapids to Big Rapids, Rose City to Oscoda, Hillman to Posen

REACH-3MC Project Update July 08, 2013 9:46 am

Merit Lights REACH-3MC II Network from Cadillac to Mio, Gaylord to Mackinaw City, Grayling to Kalkaska

REACH-3MC Project Update June 03, 2013 8:36 am

Merit hosts REACH-3MC Press Event in Mackinaw City and St. Ignace

REACH-3MC Project Update May 23, 2013 8:32 am

Merit Completes Round 1 REACH-3MC Construction

REACH-3MC Project Update April 08, 2013 3:35 pm

Bayliss Public Library Boasts New Fiber-Optic Connection

REACH-3MC Project Update March 27, 2013 1:55 pm

Merit Announces REACH-3MC Webcast Update on March 27, 2013

REACH-3MC Project Update March 15, 2013 4:17 pm

Merit Network & Berrien Springs Area Celebrate Completion of REACH-3MC Network Segments

REACH-3MC Project Update February 25, 2013 4:38 pm

REACH-3MC Press Event in Houghton Lake on Feb. 12, 2013

REACH-3MC Project Update May 23, 2013 9:14 am

Merit Network & Hillsdale Area Celebrate Completion of REACH-3MC Network Segment

REACH-3MC Project Update February 05, 2013 12:47 pm

Merit Network, City of Charlevoix and Charlevoix Public Schools Partner to Improve Broadband

REACH-3MC Project Update January 29, 2013 8:35 am

Merit Network Lights REACH-3MC Network from Monroe to Traverse City

REACH-3MC Project Update January 10, 2013 9:46 am

Merit Network Announces NTIA Support for REACH-3MC Round I Project

REACH-3MC Project Update January 03, 2013 12:15 pm

Merit Network Announces Completed Milestones for the REACH-3MC Round I Project

REACH-3MC Project Update January 09, 2013 8:44 am

Merit Network Lights Several Segments of the REACH-3MC Fiber-Optic Network

REACH-3MC Project Update January 09, 2013 8:44 am

Merit Network Lights REACH-3MC Network from Muskegon to Hart

REACH-3MC Project Update December 18, 2012 8:10 am

Merit Network Lights REACH-3MC Network from Berrien Springs to Muskegon

REACH-3MC Project Update December 17, 2012 2:34 pm

Merit Network, Inc. celebrates REACH-3MC Fiber-optic Infrastructure Dedication for Monroe County

REACH-3MC Project Update July 26, 2012 11:40 am

Merit Network, Inc. announces Fiber-optic Infrastructure Dedication for REACH-3MC Broadband Project in Monroe County

REACH-3MC Project Update July 19, 2012 12:22 pm

Merit Network Connects University of Michigan Biological Station through REACH-3MC

REACH-3MC Project Update July 11, 2012 11:04 am

Merit Connects First REACH-3MC Community Anchor: Forest Park Schools

REACH-3MC Project Update April 23, 2012 2:47 pm

Merit Network selects Capital Communications for REACH-3MC II Consulting & Construction of Central Office Entrance Facilities

REACH-3MC Project Update March 15, 2012 10:07 am

Gov. Snyder announces MBA to partner with Merit Network to expand Internet service in Michigan

REACH-3MC Project Update March 14, 2012 8:27 am

Archived REACH-3MC Update Webcast

REACH-3MC Project Update March 01, 2012 4:28 pm

New Look -- REACH-3MC Project Web Site

REACH-3MC Project Update March 01, 2012 9:01 am

Merit Network Announces REACH-3MC Webcast Update

REACH-3MC Project Update March 01, 2012 9:01 am

White House Highlights Donald J. Welch as an Innovator in Infrastructure and "Champion of Change"

REACH-3MC Project Update March 01, 2012 9:01 am

Merit Network Begins Fiber Construction on REACH-3MC II in the Upper Peninsula

REACH-3MC Project Update February 01, 2012 10:32 am

Merit Network Begins Deployment of REACH-3MC Optical Equipment

REACH-3MC Project Update February 01, 2012 10:32 am

Merit Network Announces Fiber-Optic Construction Vendors for REACH-3MC II

REACH-3MC Project Update November 17, 2011 5:11 pm

Merit Network and Enventis Sign Agreement to Share BTOP Broadband Build in Minnesota and Wisconsin

REACH-3MC Project Update November 17, 2011 5:12 pm

Merit Network Begins REACH-3MC Construction from Petersburg to Blissfield

REACH-3MC Project Update October 31, 2011 8:54 am

Video of Governor Snyder's Address

REACH-3MC Project Update October 28, 2011 10:01 am

Governor Snyder's Special Announcement on Infrastructure features REACH-3MC

REACH-3MC Project Update October 27, 2011 1:49 pm

Merit Network and Bloomingdale Communications Collaborate on BTOP-funded Network in Southwest Michigan

REACH-3MC Project Update October 27, 2011 1:49 pm

REACH-3MC II Telecommunications Huts RFP Released

REACH-3MC Project Update October 27, 2011 1:49 pm

New RFP for REACH-3MC II Released

REACH-3MC Project Update October 27, 2011 1:49 pm

Merit Network Announces REACH-3MC Webcast Update

REACH-3MC Project Update October 27, 2011 1:49 pm

Significant Milestone Achieved for Merit's REACH-3MC II Project

REACH-3MC Project Update October 27, 2011 1:49 pm

Construction Photos

REACH-3MC Project Update July 20, 2011 2:34 pm

Stimulus project to add jobs, fiber-optic

REACH-3MC Project Update June 29, 2011 2:23 pm

Merit Network Announces Fiber-Optic Construction Vendors for REACH-3MC

REACH-3MC Project Update June 29, 2011 2:23 pm

Merit Network Expands Its Presence in the Upper Peninsula in Preparation for the REACH-3MC Fiber Build

REACH-3MC Project Update June 23, 2011 12:29 pm

Construction Update

REACH-3MC Project Update June 23, 2011 12:29 pm

Merit Network Selects CCI Systems as Outside Plant Engineering Contractor for REACH-3MC II in Upper Peninsula, Wisconsin and Minnesota

REACH-3MC Project Update June 10, 2011 2:24 pm

Merit Network Begins Underground Fiber Construction on REACH-3MC Segment from Petoskey to Mackinaw City

REACH-3MC Project Update April 06, 2011 1:45 pm

Merit Network Begins Underground Fiber Construction on REACH-3MC Segment from Petoskey to Mackinaw City

REACH-3MC Project Update April 06, 2011 1:42 pm

Archived Webcast Added

REACH-3MC Project Update March 04, 2011 11:24 am

Jan. 19 REACH-3MC Webcast Archive Available

REACH-3MC Project Update January 20, 2011 12:50 pm

Groundbreaking for REACH-3MC Project on Dec. 21

REACH-3MC Project Update December 22, 2010 12:29 pm

Archived REACH-3MC Update Webcast Available

REACH-3MC Project Update September 22, 2010 3:52 pm

REACH-3MC Photo Archive

REACH-3MC Project Update August 26, 2010 11:18 am

Broadband Stimulus Grants Announcement Archive

REACH-3MC Project Update August 25, 2010 9:35 am

REACH-3MC Community Meetings

REACH-3MC Project Update July 21, 2010 4:51 pm

Merit Network featured presenter at NTIA BTOP Best Practices Workshop

REACH-3MC Project Update June 28, 2010 3:59 pm

2010-April-13 -- Boyne City

REACH-3MC Project Update October 25, 2010 3:15 pm

2010-April-22

REACH-3MC Project Update June 12, 2013 3:56 pm

REACH-3MC Update Webcast Archive

REACH-3MC Project Update April 06, 2010 3:22 pm

2010-February-23

REACH-3MC Project Update April 06, 2010 3:22 pm

State Strategic Partnerships for Federal Funding Meetings

REACH-3MC Project Update February 26, 2010 8:27 am

REACH-3MC Project RSS Feed Available

REACH-3MC Project Update February 08, 2010 12:09 pm






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