Wireless grant for Keweenaw

Michigan State Roundup

Published May 1, 2004  | May 2004 issue

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 Pasty.net, 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 Pasty.net.

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

Joe Mahon