Redwood County has been talking about broadband for a while now. They are a community that seemed to have been spurred into action by the Connect Minnesota maps. And according to the Redwood Falls Gazette, the Redwood EDA is going to take a significant step forward…
Redwood County’s Economic Development Authority (EDA) opted to move forward with a broadband feasibility study that would determine just what the county would need to do in order to get fiber to every premises.
Known as fiber to the premise (FTTP), the concept is part of an effort to meet state and federal broadband goals to have high-speed service available to all portions of the country.
The study, which is being conducted by the Blandin Foundation through what is known as the Robust Broadband Networks Feasibility Grant Program.
[The project has not actually been funded by Blandin Foundation; Redwood has decided to apply for funds.]
The grant, which includes up to $40,000 for the county as it addresses the needs of every community and farm site from one end of the county to the other, requires matching funds, which are available through the county EDA.
According to Julie Rath of the Redwood Area Development Corporation, the hope is also to get local network providers to invest in the program, too, adding broadband meetings already conducted in the county have been well attended by representatives of those providers.
It sounds as if the meeting held on Monday helped the community make a decision. They heard from other countywide efforts in Minnesota: Lac qui Parle (which received ARRA funding) and Sibley County (which didn’t).