In September 2021, the Board of Commissioners approved an investment of County General Fund and American Rescue Plan dollars to connect every household in Washtenaw County to high speed broadband infrastructure.
Washtenaw County is actively working with the vendors awarded through a competitive RFP issued in 2021 to negotiate contractual agreements in early 2022, the expected timeline is:
January 2022 | Contract executed with DCS Technology Design for Project Manager services
January 2022 | DCS Technology Design will being working with the Broadband Taskforce to familiarize themselves with work completed to date and next steps. Will be a member of the contract negotiations team with the four service providers. DCS reports to County Administration
January 2022 | Broadband infrastructure contracts issued to the four service providers
January 2022 | Contract negotiations with the Broadband Infrastructure providers will begin
February 2022 | Goal: Contracts executed with all service providers
A more detailed timeline for executing contracts and connecting houses to broadband will be shared in March 2022.
Addressing Internet Access, Affordability, and Literacy
In September 2021, the Board of Commissioners approved an investment of American Rescue Plan dollars to address internet access, affordability, and literacy. Updates coming in 2022!