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We’re working on it! The polarized partisan nature of Michigan’s legislature and the Congress makes consensus challenging at this time. The political will of our elected officials, will determine the direction of future public policy and funding.
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There are 5 basic steps to build a broadband fiber network from scratch. It can be expected to take several years from start to finish.
The BBTF has complete steps 1 and 2. Once funding is secured, it can be estimated to take another 3-5 years to fully complete the project.
Depending on the PFSA boundary, the project budget is estimated to range from $30M-$66M. The funding is expected to be a public private partnership; a blend of federal/state grant dollars, private investors and possibly a millage.
Funding mechanism not allowed for this type of project
Yes. That Township would then be responsible for all 5 steps of the process.
Possibly. Remember that taxable value increases are limited by the Headlee Amendment. The SEV is a different number and tracks with the market value of a property. Property taxes are calculated on the taxable value within the constraints of the Headlee amendment.
It depends on the financing and rate structure. If property owners pool their money to fund the project, the per investor cost will vary. If a millage is approved, the cost will be determined by taxable property value, reflected in the rate structure, the length of the millage and the interest rate on the bond to be paid off.
In Lyndon Township (2020), a resident can choose from 3 unlimited fiber internet plans; ranging from 25 Mbps @ $34.95/month to 1 Gps @ $69.95/month. http://www.lyndonbroadband.org/faq/# + millage
In Sharon Township (2017), it was estimated that the monthly cost for the average property owner ($77,000 taxable value) would be under $100 ($35 for unlimited high-speed broadband plus approximately $45 per month for the millage.)
The Lyndon Township broadband web site features a comprehensive list.
Two techniques were used to survey the 15 townships.
The for-profit ISPs require a defined return on their investment (ROI) over a prescribed period of time. In the rural areas, where population densities are lower, the ROI takes too long to satisfy their shareholders.
Resource: Community Broadband Access Framework http://www.mbcoop.org/resources-2