Central UP Broadband Task Force

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CUPPAD is currently working with partners on broadband connectivity initiatives for the central UP. Access to high speed internet is essential for today’s workforce, schools, and the local economy. On this page you will find broadband resources, Broadband Task Force meeting materials and schedules, and progress reports.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us, internet access is not equitable, especially for places like the rural Upper Peninsula. Residents who lack access to broadband or cannot afford a home internet connection are unable to participate in telehealth, virtual learning, telework, civic engagement and many other activities that those who are connected are able to use every single day.  Addressing the broadband divide has never been more important.

Tentative Meeting Schedule 2022-2023

The Broadband Task Force Meetings for 2022 are as follows. Any changes will be posted here as soon as possible.

  • Meeting #1- Friday, August 19, 11-12:30 (virtual)
  • Meeting #2 – Friday, November 18, 11-12:30 (virtual)
  • Meeting #3 – TBA
  • Meeting #4 – TBA
  • Alternate Meeting #5- TBA

Members

The Central UP Broadband Task Force is made up of local and regional stakeholders from across all disciplines who have made high speed internet availability a priority for their community. The Task Force meets quarterly throughout the year, providing educational insights, project updates, resources for sharing, and best practices.

BBTF Member list

News & Updates

August 22, 2022

The Central U.P. Broadband Task Force met for the first time on August 19th, 2022 to discuss current and continued efforts in broadband connectivity.

Presenters included:

 

Affordability & Digital Literacy Resources

Internet For All: Michigan Coordination Workshop

August 18, 2022

States and territories across the nation have Signed On to the Internet For All Initiative and committed to connecting their communities to reliable high-speed internet for less through the Broadband Equity Access and Deployment and State Digital Equity Planning Grant Programs. These programs will provide more than $48 billion for infrastructure deployment, skills training and access to technologies essential for Americans to connect with their communities, their democracy, and one another.

The Affordable Connectivity Program

The White House has announced the Affordable Connectivity Program, granting qualifying households a discount of up to 30$ per month for internet service. Finding out if you qualify is fast and easy. Visit getinternet.gov today!

Tribal households can qualify for larger discounts, including 100$ off a connectivity device.

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U.P.-Wide Broadband Webinar

This webinar was held on March 25th, 2021 and its purpose was to inform residents and stakeholders in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan of the recent Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) and how planned projects will bring high-speed connectivity to rural areas. We were joined by Tom Stephenson from Connect Michigan and James Salter from the Atlantic Engineering Group (AEG). The presentation is followed by a question and answer session.

Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction

The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) was awarded through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and aims to bring high speed internet connections to rural areas. The majority of Upper Peninsula areas were won by the Atlantic Engineering Group, who plans to install fiber lines before 2024, increasing internet speeds and connectivity to underserved areas.

RDOF winners
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