Michigan: MDARD Director Statement Regarding .5 Million Rural Broadband Investment from USDA

May 29, 2020

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MDARD – Jessy Sielski, 517-284-5725

LANSING--The United States Department of Agriculture recently announced it is investing $22.5 million to provide broadband service in some of Michigan's unserved and underserved rural areas.

Statement from Gary McDowell, Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development:

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"MDARD and other stakeholders have been advocating for rural broadband in Michigan for some time, so it's very exciting to see real progress in improving our infrastructure. This investment from USDA will not only help keep Michigan's food and agriculture industry competitive in a global economy, but it will also help close the resource gap for tens of thousands rural Michigan residents. In the coming months, the state is looking to build upon this momentum with broadband investments of its own, which will improve the lives of our residents and keep Michigan one of the best states in which to do business."


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