Jared Mauch, a Michigan man who built a fiber-to-the-home internet provider because he couldn't get good broadband service from AT&T or Comcast, is expanding with the help of $2.6 million in government money.
Mauch's Washtenaw Fiber Properties now has about 70 customers and will extend its network to nearly 600 more properties with money from the American Rescue Plan's Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds.
The U.S. government allocated $71 million to Washtenaw County for a variety of infrastructure projects, and the county devoted a portion to broadband. The county issued a request for proposals and Mauch, a network architect at Akamai, bid on and was one of four to win that competitive bidding process.
Mauch's network currently has about 14 miles of fiber, and he'll build another 38 miles to complete the government-funded project.
From Ars Technica
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