MA, MI, WI score $435M for broadband grant programs

The U.S. Treasury served up its latest helping of Capital Projects Fund support, handing Massachusetts, Michigan and Wisconsin more than $435 million to fuel state-level broadband grant programs.

Michigan took home more than half of that total, bagging $250.6 million to be distributed through its Realizing Opportunity with Broadband Infrastructure Networks (ROBIN) program. ROBIN calls for awardees to deliver symmetrical 100 Mbps services to locations across the state which currently lack access to speeds of 100 Mbps downstream and 20 Mbps upstream. The state estimated the federal funding it received will help it connect 67,857 homes and businesses.

Meanwhile, Massachusetts received $145 million for its Broadband Infrastructure Gap Networks Grant Program, which also aims to deliver symmetrical speeds of 100 Mbps to underserved residents. The state said the funding received will help cover an estimated 16,000 locations.

And finally, Wisconsin was given $40 million to dole out through its Wisconsin Broadband Infrastructure Program. The money will go toward reaching an estimated 8,000 locations.

To date, the Treasury Department has awarded nearly $1.8 billion from the $10 billion Capital Projects Fund for state level broadband programs. Louisiana, New Hampshire, Virginia, and West Virginia were the first to receive funding in June. Money was subsequently doled out to Arkansas, Connecticut, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska and North Dakota as well.

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Louisiana, Michigan, Virginia and West Virginia have all received the entirety of the support available to them through the Capital Projects Fund. The money given to Wisconsin represents only 21% of its available funding, but the Treasury Department noted the state has already submitted plans for the remainder of its Capital Projects Fund allotment. Michigan is in a similar situation, having received 83% of its total allotment and the Treasury Department reviewing its plans for its remaining funding.