Thanks to John Shepard for the heads up on an article in a recent Jackson County Post (Council spends more on fiber). As you may recall the Jackson City Council allocated $1 per person in the city to pursue a fiber network this spring. Well the Council just authorized another $2.50 per resident to the effort, bringing the grand total to about $13,500.
They need the extra money to write their application for the ARRA broadband funds. The extra money is required because the application is more rigorous than predicted. The extra money passed with a 4-to-1 vote and the community is still hopeful and confident in their chances for federal funding for the network. They are working with the cities of Lakefield, Heron Lake, Okabena and Windom.