Michigan State With Explicit Roadblocks two communities are working Muni Netwrk

  • Michigan State With Explicit Roadblocks two communities are working Muni Netwrk

    Posted by Michael on August 11, 2021 at 6:54 am

    Michigan

    Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 484.2252

    Michigan state law allows public entities to provide broadband services, but only if the public entity has first sought bids in the form of a request for proposal (RFP) on the project from private companies, and has only received less than three “qualified” bids.The public entity must also adhere to the same terms and conditions that private companies would need to meet as specified in the request for proposals. But doing so effectively eliminates some of the benefits that building a public network can offer residents.

    Still, at least two communities are working on creating municipal broadband networks; Traverse City and Farmington Hills. The latter’s City Light and Power board approved last summer financing for the first phase of a municipal fiber buildout. The board approved $3.5 million to serve the community’s first 2,200 customers. The total project is expected to cost $16 million.

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