Awarded Merit’s 2020 Community Building Award

The Michigan Broadband Cooperative has been chosen to receive Merit’s Community Building Award at the 2020 Virtual Merit Member Conference

This award recognizes organizations and individuals that build communities to help improve networking, technology and collaboration.

The Michigan Broadband Cooperative, in support of the Michigan Moonshot initiative, has contributed to the statewide Merit community in the areas of advocacy, thought leadership, consensus building and education. Michigan Broadband Cooperative  was nominated for the group’s ongoing and exemplary work to support broadband expansion in Washtenaw County and the group’s contributions to Merit’s statewide Michigan Moonshot ecosystem.

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Current Goals

Current Goals

Secure Federal Tax Exempt Status

  • Attorney has reviewed the 501(c)12 application form

Host 2 Public Forums

  • Hosted a table at the Chelsea Spring Expo - April 2016
  • Presented to the Lyndon Township Board - March 2016
  • Hosted the Lyndon Town Hall Meeting  - May 2016

Start an initial fiber to the home build out 

  • Helped Lyndon Township with a feasibility study 
  • Working to get the Lyndon Township fiber-to-the-home plan on the May 2017 ballot
  • Working with Dexter and Webster Township on their own feasibility studies. 

Raise $100,000 

  • Drafting our first giving letter.

Apply for 3 grants

  • Applied for a Washtenaw County Economic Development grant for $10,000 - Did not receive grant.

Volunteer Meeting: February 11th

We are having our first volunteer meeting – we hope you can join us on Thursday, February 11th at 7pm at the Chelsea Senior Center!

I hope everyone is enjoying this unseasonably warm winter – while we’ve missed family sledding activities, I have not missed using the snow shovel. Our broadband group is approaching a milestone – our first volunteer meeting! As someone who has expressed interest in helping to improve broadband in our area, we hope you will consider joining us on Thursday, February 11th at 7pm8pm at the Chelsea Senior Center. At this meeting we will discuss 2016 goals for the group, and divide into committees to accomplish these goals. Even if you can’t attend the meeting, you can still let us know you’d like to help by filling out this form.

We’d also like you to be among the first to know that we are changing the name of the organization from Pure Broadband to the Michigan Broadband Cooperative to more clearly represent our mission. We will launch the organization with this new name in the following weeks with the help of our volunteers.

Finally, we are now able to accept donations. All of our board members are unpaid volunteers, so 100% of donations will go to accomplishing our mission. Please note that while we are a non-profit organization, donations to cooperatives are not tax deductible. Donate here!

Thanks for your attention – it is through our joint community effort that we will continue to make progress toward our broadband goals.