Peninsula Fiber Network, A Marquette-based telecommunications company, which provides services for telecommunication providers and operates a 911 network in most Michigan counties, filed a letter of intent with the state to use the tunnel, company General Manager Scott Randall said.
"We would place a significant fiber-optic facility within the utility corridor within the tunnel," Randall told the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority at a public meeting last week. "We would make that available to any other provider who wants to utilize that route. Doing so, we feel would help ensure stable and secure communications for the state of Michigan.”
The Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority, under a 2018 law, is tasked with overseeing the design, construction and operation of the tunnel as well as authorizing third parties that would share the tunnel with Line 5.
"There was secondary goal here when this law was enacted and that was to promote additional utilities using this tunnel to give broader access to citizens, no matter where they are in the state," MSCA Chair Mike Nystrom said. "So this sounds just like a great opportunity."
One other party had expressed interest in the tunnel, but had not yet submitted a letter of intent, the Michigan Department of Transportation told authority members.