Dakota County approves $1 million for more fiber

This morning I attended a Dakota County Commission meeting where they discussed progress of their fiber project and approved $1.2 million for 500,000 feet of fiber cabling, conduit and duct. I share it for a few reasons:

  1. To share Dakota County’s good news
  2. To offer Dakota County up as an example to other communities about how to plan and present to policymakers
  3. To give folks an idea of what $1 million buys in the world of fiber – especially in light of legislators severely reducing the budget for the Minnesota Broadband Fund.

Here’s the PPT:

The video:

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

4 thoughts on “Dakota County approves $1 million for more fiber

  1. I hope that the Commissioners realize that $1.2M was only for the materials. I suspect that the installation of this project will cost significantly more than that. One million dollars doesn’t really buy much in the world of fiber especially when the cost of installation is figured into the equation. A million dollars will typically only get about 20-40 miles of buried fiber in a suburban installation. Cable installation is expensive!

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