Allegan County, Michigan, November 15, 2023 – 123NET and Allegan County have connected their first residential customer in Shelbyville, Michigan. This signifies the first phase of the $65 million project to construct an open-access, carrier-neutral fiber network across the county. This news comes only weeks after the official ROBIN grant agreement was awarded to 123NET.
These customers are the first of approximately 11,000 unserved and underserved homes across the county to benefit from the extensive 1,100 miles of high-capacity fiber that will be constructed over the next two years.
“Allegan County and its Board of Commissioners had a vision to bring high-performance broadband to all of the county’s residents and make Allegan one of the best-connected areas in in the state,” said Jill Dunham, Allegan County’s Broadband Project Manager. “It’s fulfilling to see that vision start to become a reality. The complete rollout will take time, but the project is started and that’s exciting.”
This project is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number CPFFN0190 awarded to The State of Michigan by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Allegan County ARPA Funds, and 123NET Capital Investment. It is more than just infrastructure—it’s about empowering communities and individuals with the tools for success in an increasingly digital world.
“Allegan County has been an exciting project for 123NET, and we’re thrilled to see the initial customers go live,” said Dan Irvin, CEO of 123NET. “As a Michigan-based company, we’re very happy to provide our neighbors with state-of-the-art internet. 123NET has made several recent investments in West Michigan that will have positive effects for internet users.”
Allegan County Residents can now check their address to see if their home is in the Allegan County-Wide Broadband Project with 123NET https://www.123.net/home-fiber-internet/