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Great Lakes Energy Receives $46 Million for Expanding High-Speed Internet Access Through ROBIN Grants

Boyne City, MI – Great Lakes Energy (GLE) electric cooperative was recently awarded more than $46 million through three Realizing Opportunity with Broadband Infrastructure Networks (ROBIN) grants. The grants will support GLE’s expansion of their Truestream fiber network, giving nearly 10,000 members access to the high-speed internet connections they need for work, school, entertainment, and telehealth. The grants impact fiber construction for three of GLE’s service districts, ultimately spanning across parts of 11 counties within the cooperative’s service area. Construction in the districts will commence soon and take up to three years for completion.
DistrictCounties servedLocationsTotal awarded
KalkaskaAntrim, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Otsego counties3,660 locations$17,777,533
ScottvilleLake, Manistee, Mason, and Oceana counties3,384 locations$18,018,715
WatersCrawford, Montmorency, and Otsego counties2,465 locations$10,839,408

“These grants represent a significant step towards expanding broadband access further into our service territory,” said Shaun Lamp, president and CEO of Great Lakes Energy and Truestream. “The cost of materials and services required to expand our network is growing and the financial support provided through these ROBIN grants ensures we can maintain the steady growth we’ve set in reaching our members with life-changing fiber service.”

More than 19,000 GLE members in parts of Allegan, Antrim, Barry, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Kent, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, and Otsego counties are currently enjoying Truestream’s life-changing services, some experiencing a high-speed internet connection at home for the first time.

GLE members can visit truestreamfiber.com to share their interest and to enter their address in an interactive status map for construction progress or projections as it relates to their location. Plans for 2024 fiber construction will be shared soon.

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Great Lakes Energy is the largest member-owned electric cooperative in Michigan, serving more than 120,000 members in rural parts of 26 counties across western, lower Michigan. For more information, visit gtlakes.com. They launched Truestream, one of the largest fiber-to-the-home projects in the nation, in 2018 to provide connections to underserved and unserved rural areas. More than 4,600 miles of fiber line has already been installed in 13 counties and nearly 20,000 homes and businesses have been connected. Learn more at truestreamfiber.com. 

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