Broadband meeting planned for Sept. 20

REED CITY — Merit Network will be holding a community meeting on Sept. 20, to provide an introduction to Osceola County communities on Merit’s Broadband Stimulus Project, REACH-3MC.

In 2010, Merit Network, Inc. received two federal grants from funds allocated through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, totaling more than $100 million for Merit’s broadband project, REACH-3MC. The Rural, Education, Anchor, Community and Health care - Michigan Middle Mile Collaborative (REACH-3MC) is a collaboration that will build much needed broadband infrastructure in many parts of the state. The first grant for $33.3 million will enable the construction of a 1,017 mile open-access network in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. The second grant for $69.6 million will be used to add an additional 1,270 miles of fiber-optic infrastructure in the Northern Lower and Upper Peninsulas of Michigan. REACH-3MC is a middle-mile infrastructure project funded through a program of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

The route for REACH-3MC will bring this fiber build to the Osceola County area. Merit Network structured the REACH-3MC project to include several sub-recipients and organizations that can leverage the new infrastructure to improve broadband access to homes and businesses along the route.

At the meeting, representatives from Merit Network will introduce the plans for this project and answer questions on how the community can take advantage of this high-speed network.

This meeting will be held at 1 p.m. on Sept. 20, at the Osceola County Emergency Management Building, 4325 220th Avenue, Reed City, MI 49677.

The meeting is open to the public. Registration is required. To register, please contact Dan Massy at (231) 832-7397 or e-mail your name, phone number, and the name of your organization, if applicable to massyd@msu.edu.

For more information on the meeting please call Dan Massy at (231) 832-7397. For more information on the REACH-3MC project go to http://www.merit.edu/meritformichigan/.