Lieutenant Governor Visits Delta County to Discuss Internet

CLICK TO HEAR JACK HALL’S INTERVIEW WITH LT GOV GARLIN GILCHRIST


Michigan Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist was in Delta County Saturday night to celebrate Highline Corporation’s expansion into the Upper Peninsula.

With the help of state grants, the company has laid miles of fiber optic cable in the region to help provide high-speed internet service to underserved areas. The company also operates in the Thumb area of ​​Lower Michigan and is now celebrating 500 customers in the UP

“Working with companies like this, connecting communities, we are thrilled with what it means,” Gilchrist told RRN News. “This is going to be transformative, not only for this part of UP that is serviced directly by Highline, or for the work they do in the Thumb area of ​​(Lower) Michigan, but other providers are going to come together as well. intensify. .”

“Interest is very high,” said Highline CEO, Midwest Operations Bruce Moore. “People in the rural area of ​​the Upper Peninsula have long suffered from poor internet access. That’s really what we do. We solve this problem.

Gilchrist had a demonstration of how this internet service works in Ford River Township on Saturday evening, one of the underserved areas that is now covered. Moore traveled to UP for the event and personally gave Gilchrist a tour of the venue at Ford River Township Hall.

“Highline couldn’t be happier to solve the Upper Peninsula’s internet problems,” Moore said. “We are building a brand new 6,000 mile fiber network and providing fiber access to over 42,000 homes in the Upper Peninsula.”

Gilchrist says making sure everyone can have access to affordable high-speed internet is important to Michigan’s economic development and remains a top priority for him and Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

“This is exactly the kind of endeavor that Governor Whitmer and I are so excited to support,” Gilchrist said. “I want everyone to enjoy the best quality of life that high-speed, high-quality, consistent and affordable Internet access provides. We will deliver this as part of our administration.

Delta County Administrator Emily DeSalvo, County Council Administrator Teresa Nelson and County Technician Charlie Detiege were among those in attendance for Saturday night’s event.

CLICK TO HEAR JACK HALL’S INTERVIEW WITH HIGHLINE CEO BRUCE MOORE

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