Broadband Grants go to Two Projects in West Central Minnesota through Federated Telephone and MVTV Wireless

More information on the broadband grants from West Central Tribune

Federated Telephone Cooperative received $4.9 million to build fiber infrastructure in Swift County, bringing improved broadband service that meets state goals. The project will cover 600 households, 425 businesses and 75 community institutions in the eastern part of the county.

The economic development impact is anticipated to be 500-plus jobs related to home-based business startups, farming, commercial expansion and more. About half of the 800 farms in Swift County are located in the project area.

Swift County is contributing matching funds in the form of a $7.5 million matching loan. The total project costs are estimated at $12.4 million.

MVTV Wireless was the recipient of $808,080 to upgrade backhaul capacity between site locations within 20 southwestern Minnesota counties, including Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Meeker, Redwood, Renville, Swift and Yellow Medicine.

The project will improve broadband access and speeds for more than 3,000 farm-based businesses and 6,000 rural residents across nearly 30,000 square miles.

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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