On May 8th, voters in Sharon Township, Michigan, will decide whether or not they want to pursue an initiative to invest in a publicly owned fiber optic network. People in the community of less than 2,000 people don’t expect the national ISPs to bring them the connectivity they need, so they will decide if they should take another approach to connect every one with high-quality Internet access. Click here to read more
Grass Lake Broadband
We believe that everyone in Grass Lake should have access to cost-effective broadband in their homes.
For kids. For work. For quality of life.
Our mission is to help you get it.
To find out more on how it can be done, come to one of our information sessions.
Updates will be posted to the Grass Lake Times, Facebook’s Grass Lake Forum, and Next Door.
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|Information Session||Thu April 26, 6-7 pm||Township Hall|
|Township Board Meeting||Tue May 8, 6:30-7:30 pm||Township Hall|
|Beans & Broadband||Sat May 19, 9-10 am||Roaming Goat|
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On January 30th, Waterloo Township held an informational meeting on Bringing Better Broadband to Waterloo. Approximately 75 people attended filling the township hall (see photos). The residents were very eager to learn how they too could have access to high speed internet.
During the meeting, there was a 30 minute presentation that covered:
— Community value of having internet
— Approach taken by Lyndon and Sharon Townships
— Cost comparison to Sharon Township
— Next step requesting the township board to sponsor a feasibility study
After the presentation, there was an engaging question and answer session. The feedback was very positive. A special thanks goes to Lyndon Township resident Gary Munce. He shared with the group Lyndon’s quest for better internet and an update on the build out of their community network.
Currently a petition is circulating in support of the feasibility study. On February 27th, a number of residents will attend the township board meeting to discuss next steps for our community.
Please consider joining the discussion at the Waterloo Township Hall 7:00 pm on Feb. 27th.
On Tuesday, January 30 at 7:00 pm, please join us for an informational meeting on Bringing Better Broadband to Waterloo Township. There will be a presentation on the value of having access to true high speed internet. This is an important meeting for everyone in the community.
The meeting will be held at Waterloo Township Hall 9773 Mt Hope Road Munith, MI 49259. Please share this invitation with your neighbors and friends.
Below you will find a summary of the results from the recent Dexter Township Broadband Survey. For more details and a printable version click here.
At the October Waterloo Township board meeting, a presentation was given to the board members on the need for high speed internet. The community could follow a similar approach to the one taken by Lyndon Township bringing fiber to every home in Waterloo. The board agreed to hold an informational meeting for the residents at the township hall on TUESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2018 at 7:00.
What is the Broadband Bond?
Lyndon Township is proposing to build a fiber optic network that would provide broadband access to all Lyndon Township residents.
If the proposal passes, the project will be financed using a municipal bond that would cost about 2.9 mills over 20 years. Total amount borrowed by the township not to exceed a principal amount of $7,000,000.
Why is this project being proposed?
High speed internet access is not available to most Lyndon Township residents. The township board has investigated solutions with existing providers capable of providing FCC minimum broadband standards and found none willing to invest the money to build infrastructure in Lyndon Township.
In June of 2016, Lyndon Township residents received a survey with the summer tax bill aimed at gauging public interest in broadband. 83% of the registered voter respondents said that having high speed Internet was “important “or “very important”. Additionally, when asked to prioritize a list of fifteen issues respondents ranked broadband access as second in importance, behind only “protecting water quality.”
The township board funded a feasibility study in 2016 to understand how this issue might be addressed. The feasibility study recommended that the township build a fiber optic network.
What will be the cost to the taxpayer?
Based on current property valuation information available from the township, the new bond will cost the average homeowner $263/year ($21.92/month). Cost of the millage to pay the bond is calculated at $2.91 per $1000 of taxable value (taxable value is about ½ the home’s market value).
After building the fiber network the township will partner with one or more private service providers to deliver Internet access to residents.
Estimated monthly costs for basic Internet access will be about $35 for 100Mb of bandwidth. 1Gb bandwidth will be available for $60 a month.
Total costs for a resident to get broadband service: millage bond costs + monthly costs for Internet access. For the average homeowner in Lyndon Township this will be around $57 a month.
Will the fiber reach my house?
If the bond proposal passes the fiber network would connect to each house in Lyndon Township on both private and public roads.