Last night, Tim Maylone, General Manager of Cherry Capital Connection (CCC) provided an update to the Village Council and introduced his new projects to the Township Board about recent CCC activities and also explained its support for a Regional Training Center for Elk Rapids. Here are highlights of the information that was presented.
Cherry Capital Connection (CCC) has formed the Coalition for Limitless Broadband (C4LB), a group of telecommunications experts and community-based nonprofit organizations that will create a dynamic regional Wi-Fi® system in Northern Lower Michigan. This coalition will provide the necessary planning, coordination, installation, operation and support for an initial 22-county regional communications network. CCC has also submitted a $1 million Wi-Fi application for Benzie, Leelanau, and Manistee Counties and also a $1.3 million application for Beaver Island and Emmet County.
Regarding the training center, Elk Rapids is centrally located to provide quality broadband training for this regional Wi-Fi system. And it is conveniently near the Cherry Capital Connection Technical Support Center. Maylone believes that the core of successful technology education and outreach would be a Regional Training Center in Elk Rapids.
Maylone suggested that the Village and Township work together to design an application to be submitted in December, but the application fee is $20,000, which raised concerns among several Village Trustees. After some discussion, the Village Council referred the CCC proposals to the Chamber of Commerce for consideration. Likely because it was the first time Maylone had addressed the Township Board, no action was taken by Township Trustees.