Most people in West Michigan enjoy access to decent internet service, but there are many people in rural areas who struggle to get a connection every day.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering up $600 million in loans and grants to help improve internet connections all over the country.
Utility companies are able to apply for the aid to set up broadband in areas that have weak service or no service at all.
Michelle Overbeek lives in rural Kalamazoo County and has struggled to get internet for a decade.
Overbeek said, “I get my internet through my phone provider, which is Verizon, so it’s like a hotspot through there. So, if I look up something on my phone, out of five bars, I usually have one or two bars and then maybe I’ll lose them”
She said during bad weather she usually gets no connection at all.
The Department of Agriculture said the projects they choose to fund will serve communities with fewer than 20,000 people.