Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Over $12 Million to Expand High-Speed Internet to Northern Michigan Communities

This Funding Was Made Possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Thursday, August 24, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding $12,713,451 to expand high-speed, affordable internet access to 891 people, 55 businesses, and 60 farms in Alcona, Iosco, Montmorency, and Oscoda counties. These funds were made possible by the USDA’s Rural Development Broadband ReConnect Program. Senators Stabenow and Peters secured the funding through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

“High-speed internet isn’t a luxury, it’s an essential service that we need for everything from work, school, doctors’ visits, and paying our bills. Many people in our rural communities are still frustrated by slow and unreliable internet connections. This investment brings us one step closer to ensuring that farmers, schools, businesses, and residents throughout our state have access to fast, reliable internet service,” said Senator Stabenow.

“Expanding reliable high-speed internet access is critical to the success of our rural communities,” said Senator Peters. “This federal investment will connect Michiganders to essential services such as telehealth, while also supporting job growth and improving access to educational opportunities. I’m proud to have supported the bipartisan infrastructure law that made this funding possible.”

To learn more about USDA’s Rural Development Broadband ReConnect program visit