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Wireless grant for Keweenaw

Michigan State Roundup

May 1, 2004

Wireless grant for Keweenaw

The northern tip of the Upper Peninsula will soon have wireless broadband access, thanks in part to a state grant. The service will be available to residents of Copper Harbor and Eagle Harbor in Keweenaw County.

The Michigan Broadband Authority awarded the $10,000 grant in mid-March; it will be used along with 30 percent local matching funds. The money will pay for a solar and wind generator on top of Brockway Mountain that would power a broadcast tower.

The Internet service will be provided by, based in Calumet, which provides high-speed Internet service to clients throughout the U.P. Currently residents in the two cities can get only dial-up service through

The terms of the grant require that the link be completed by June 15.

Joe Mahon