- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 2, 2014

SEBEWAING, Mich. (AP) - Residents in a rural village in Michigan’s Thumb region who were previously limited to a dial-up Internet connection now have access to high-speed service.

Sebewaing residents and businesses can upgrade to gigabit service from Sebewaing Light and Water. The village of about 1,700 people in Huron County is about 95 miles north of Detroit. The utility buys bandwidth from wireless provider Air Advantage, which specializes in the Thumb region.

The village had originally planned to build an open access network but settled on providing retail services after legal analysis of the plan.

The utility’s superintendent says it has connected 130 locations to the service so far and has signed up more than 300 people. She says the utility is facing unanticipated demand because it underestimated the amount of time each installation would take.

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