The Calhoun County Broadband Task Force joins organizations nationwide in promoting the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). The goal is to increase enrollment in the federal program, which reduces internet bills by $30/month and provides a $100 credit for devices for eligible households.
In a Calhoun County broadband report released earlier this year, it was identified that 34 percent of households, approximately 18,000, are eligible for the benefit but only 27 percent of those are enrolled, just over 5,000. Since then as of June 2023, ACP enrollment in Calhoun has reached 11,285 households enrolled! Help us spread the word to increase enrollment in the Affordable Connectivity Program! Click here for a press release sent June 14 with information about applying, especially for those without access to a computer.
How to apply:
If you don't know where to get started, getacp.org/Michigan can take you step by step through the process. GetACP.org is a virtual mobile assistant that simplifies the ACP enrollment process and provides access to real-time support. It helps households:
- Check their eligibility.
- Determine the easiest way to qualify.
- Identify the documents needed when applying.
- Find “free with ACP” broadband plans available at their address.
Community Organization Resources:
If you are an organization, especially one that works with eligible populations, and want to participate in promoting ACP, there are many resources available. State resources for GetACP.org/Michigan can be found here, Website graphic | Postcard | Social Graphic. The federal program website has promotional materials here.
With your help, we can meet our goal of connecting more Calhoun residents with reliable, high-speed internet.
Sign up for Calhoun County Broadband Task Force Updates here
The Calhoun County Broadband Task Force will pursue the provision of internet services to all residents and businesses at a reasonable cost, recognizing that high speed internet promotes economic development, quality of life, housing development, village/city infrastructure and access to healthcare and education. The Task Force is made up of various sectors and stakeholders and will first collect data about access before tackling feasibility and then implementation.
County Commissioner Tommy Miller
County Commissioner Monique French
Angela Myers, Battle Creek Community Foundation
Kathy Szenda-Wilson, BC Pulse
Lee Adams, Southcentral Michigan Planning Commission
Marc Newman, Albion College
Sonja Elder, Grace Health
Dr. Paul Watson, Kellogg Community College
Lorie Upright, Calhoun County Intermediate School District
Paulette Porter, CareWell Services
Barry Skutt Jr., Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Tribe
Art Kale, Village of Homer
Jeff Albaugh, Marshall Township
Mike Nofs, City of Battle Creek
Derek Perry, City of Marshall
Haley Snyder, City of Albion
Robert Stahelin, Calhoun Count Consolidated Dispatch Authority
Jim Haadsma, State Representative, 44th District
Paul Egnatuk, Staff of State Representative Jim Haadsma
Angela Semifero, Marshall District Library
Kelli Scott, Calhoun County Administrator/Controller
Lucy Blair, Calhoun County Communications Director
Lynn Meikle, Calhoun County Communications Coordinator
Four strategic areas for the Calhoun County Broadband Task Force:
Questions about this initiative can also be sent to email@example.com.
Broadband Task Force Meeting Schedule & Agendas
The Calhoun County Broadband Task Force meetings will take place on the SECOND Tuesday of the month at 3 p.m., starting in February, in-person at the Marshall County Building, Garden Level Conference Room, 2315 W Green St, Marshall, and virtually via Zoom webinar.
Jan 10, 2023 3:00 PM | Agenda | Minutes | Video
Feb 14, 2023 3:00 PM | Agenda | Minutes | Video
Mar 14, 2023 3:00 PM | Agenda | Minutes | Video
Apr 11, 2023 3:00 PM | Agenda | Minutes | Video
May 9, 2023 3:00 PM - cancelled
Jun 13, 2023 3:00 PM | Agenda | Minutes | Video
July 11, 2023 3:00 PM | Agenda | Minutes | Video
Aug 8, 2023 3:00 PM - cancelled
Sep 12, 2023 3:00 PM - postponed to Sep 19, 2023 3:00 PM | Agenda | Minutes | Video
Oct 10, 2023 3:00 PM
Nov 14, 2023 3:00 PM
Dec 12, 2023 3:00 PM
Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89466486151
Task Force Updates
Task Force UpdatesSign up for these Task Force Updates here
February 3, 2023
June 7, 2023
June 14, 2023
January 5, 2022
March 14, 2022
June 30, 2022
Press release: December 14, 2022
December 15, 2022
September 30, 2021
November 24, 2021
FCC Internet Map Challenge Information
|Internet Map Challenge
The Calhoun County Broadband Task Force encourages county residents to participate in the process to review national internet maps and challenge information about your individual coverage.
By making sure the data is accurate on these national internet maps, we can ensure that Calhoun County is positioned to get the maximum federal and state funding for improving internet services in our community.
First, visit the FCC map at broadbandmap.fcc.gov and search for your address. When you search for your address, you will see a list of internet providers that can serve it and the types of service and speeds offered.
If there is an Internet Service Provider (ISP) listed that says it provides internet to your home that you believe does not, follow these steps for submitting an availability challenge.
|FFC Map Challenge Tool Kit
Broadband Display Screen
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Map Challenge flyer for print
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- If one of the services listed is not available at that location, Click the Availability Challenge link.
- That will bring up a form where you can choose which ISP you would like to challenge.
- Scroll down to input your personal information and complete the form.
- Select your reason for challenge from the drop-down list.
- We recommend submitting “evidence” to support your challenge as a part of your availability challenge, which can be an email or screenshot from the ISP website that proves service is not available. You can also write a description of your experience with that ISP. *For evidence from the provider, go to the ISP’s website and enter your address on the website where it allows you to search whether that address is served. You can use a screenshot of the results of that search as evidence that you do not have service.
- Check the certification box at the bottom of the form and then click “Submit.”
If you want to submit more than one document as your evidence, we recommend putting those documents into a single file for submission, because the FCC website will only accept one file as evidence.
Calhoun County Government will also “bulk” challenge these maps. First, we will challenge the “fabric” of the maps by submitting address level data. Second, we will challenge the availability based on data we have from ISPs and from crowd-sourced data we’ve collected as a part of this effort.
But we need your help! When individual households also challenge this data, we can get even closer to having accurate data represented with the FCC.
Calhoun County Broadband Reports
CTC Broadband Report
The Calhoun County Broadband Task Force released a broadband report by consultant CTC Technology and Energy in early 2023. It outlined possible options for improving connectivity in Calhoun County and increasing the number and success of residents who use the internet. It offered three solutions for expanding fiber-to-the-premise solutions countywide, including a countywide network (which was outside of the County’s potential at $350M) and the cost of expanding just to unserved and underserved households, which can be covered by two upcoming grant processes— Realizing Opportunity with Broadband Infrastructure Networks (ROBIN) Grant and Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Grant.
Read the report
Countywide Broadband Merit Survey
With the assistance of the Michigan Moonshot Initiative and Merit, we conducted a countywide survey in 2021 asking residents about their experience with and access to broadband internet. Those results were presented to the Broadband Task Force in late February.
Survey Results and Findings
Data Findings - Presentation
Executive Findings Report
This survey was paid for by community partners and not taxpayer dollars. Thank you to community partners who saw the need and helped to make this possible:
- Albion College
- Kellogg Community College
- CareWell Services
- Calhoun County Intermediate School District
- Battle Creek Unlimited
- Battle Creek Community Foundation
- Public Health Department - CARES Funding
June 13, 2021: "Here's what's happening to bridge Calhoun County's digital divide" by Elena Durnbaugh; Battle Creek Enquirer
May 19, 2021: "Momentum building to address disparities in internet service across Calhoun County" by Jane Simons; On The Ground Calhoun County
March 18, 2022 "Three key takeaways from Calhoun County's broadband survey" in Battle Creek Enquirer