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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 20, 2010
ACD.net and REACH-3MC Consortium win $41 Million Broadband Federal Stimulus Proposal
Nearly a thousand mile fiber network will be built throughout Michigan. Federal Government Funding will provide fiber optic service throughout underserved counties throughout Michigan's Lower Peninsula.
LANSING, Mich. - ACD.net, as a member of the REACH-3MC consortium, has been awarded federal stimulus funding to build a 955-mile fiber-optic backbone network across Michigan. The fiber will cover 32 counties in Michigan. The network will expand broadband service to rural and underserved communities in Michigan.
Fiber optics is a communication technology that works by sending "light" signals down hair thin strands of glass that is used to transmit data, video and voice, at extremely high capacity. Telecommunication companies like ACD use fiber optics to deliver high speed Internet, high quality telephone lines and real-time video.
"All of the broadband, Internet, telephone, wireless, private data, used by the public, businesses and government eventually reach fiber optic networks," said Kevin Schoen, President of ACD. "This deployment of a new state of the art fiber network will dramatically improve the ability for ACD to deploy high speed service in Michigan's underserved communities" ACD provides wholesale services to other telecommunications firms, internet and web companies, educational, institutional as well as the general business and retail markets throughout Michigan.
The 955 Mile Backbone network will provide very high capacity services to aggregate telecommunications traffic from various sectors, including healthcare providers, telecommunications, wireless services, fiber to the home, DSL, Wifi and T1, and T3 lines.
ACD separately has submitted final mile funding with the Federal Government to expand fiber-optic and wireless service directly to homes in Berrien, Cass, Hillsdale and Branch counties that are still pending with the Federal Government. Final mile refers to the connection that is needed to connect to individual homes to the backbone network.
A recent study done by Michigan State University finds that widening the range of broadband benefits rural areas. The study notes the Internet and Fiber is used by an increasing number of people for a widening array of purposes, including home-based businesses and home healthcare and online education, to name a few. The demand and reliance on broadband connectivity for a range of educational and other business-related purposes appears certain.
"Schools and businesses in rural areas that provide essential services to the public will now have access to leading-edge infrastructure. The fiber optics will enhance the quality of life and bolster economic development for rural citizens," Schoen said. "The network will facilitate connections between the rural areas with the urban areas, and provide capacity between numerous cities in Michigan."
With input from ACD, Merit Network, Inc. led and prepared the proposal for federal funding on behalf of the REACH-3MC consortium. The consortium includes ACD, Merit, and three other participants. Merit Network is owned and operated by the public universities in Michigan, including Michigan State University, and the University of Michigan. The total cost is roughly $41.6 million, with partners covering 20 percent. REACH-3MC Consortium will receive a Federal grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to cover 80 percent of the total cost of the project.
"Our goal is to work hand in hand to improve the economic prospects of Michigan. We applaud the private, public sectors, and the universities working together to bring federal funding into Michigan. Our ability to dominate the future knowledge economy and to retain knowledge workers is dependent on the underlying infrastructure being built today. This fiber optic network will improve the ability for us to continue our own innovation and to attract companies like Google in our backyard," said Kevin Schoen.
Google's third largest facility, its Adwords division, is based in Ann Arbor Michigan.
Engineering will begin immediately, with groundbreaking for construction slated for Mid to Late 2010.
About ACD and ACD Telecom, Inc.
A Michigan-based company, ACD Telecom, Inc. in conjunction with ACD.net, owns and maintains thousands of route-miles of fiber in communities throughout the state. The ACD fiber network connects to give businesses, institutions and other telecommunication carriers access to ACD. high bandwidth and redundant backbone networks, ACD. MPLS network and ACD. telephone services.
ACD.net has invested millions of dollars in its network. As a leading provider of telecommunications and Internet with a network that covers Michigan, ACD provides digital telephone service and broadband via DSL, fiber, T1s, T3s, and now Wi-Fi. ACD is headquartered in Lansing, Mich. Learn more about ACD and its commitment to the state of Michigan at www.ACD.net.