Broadband to be extended into Berrien, Cass counties

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — The Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget announced this week that Mercury Wireless will receive a grant to extend broadband services to Berrien and Cass counties.

According to its grant application, Mercury requested funding from the Connecting Michigan Communities Grant Program of $450,000, with an applicant match of $150,000, for a total project cost of $600,000.

The project will provide broadband Internet to 754 unserved households, 90 businesses, and 4 community anchor institutions utilizing state of the art fixed-wireless LTE technology, as well as the surrounding communities.

“Access to high speed internet is essential to be competitive in the 21st century,” said State Rep. Brad Paquette. “This grant, alongside the work of Mercury Wireless, will allow more people in Berrien and Cass counties to get their talents out to the world.”