KWLM recently interviewed Kandiyohi County Commissioner Harlan Madsen about what’s happening locally with broadband. They are looking at WiFi…
The Kandiyohi County Board is considering adding Wi-Fi “hot spots” around the county to try and help remedy the lack of high speed internet and data capacity. Kandiyohi County Commissioner Harlan Madsen of rural Lake Lillian says one proposal is to pay MVTV Wireless, an internet provider based in Granite Falls, to set up WiFi Hot spots where people can go for things like homework, business, anything that requires data capacity currently lacking in about 87% of the county.
The county board last week heard from a group providing rural WIFI hot spots in Nobles County. Madsen says under the plan, Kandiyohi County would pay MVTV $1250 for each rural hot spot they create.
I attended the meeting where they talked about working with MVTV Wireless for more hotspots. You can read more about that meeting and see video for more details. They group recognizes that wireless is an interim solution – although an interim solution that may continue to meet a need even if they do get fiber. They discussed the fact that wireless has the mobility folks want; while fiber has the capacity folks want.
The group also endorsed the Minnesota Broadband Vision – they may have been the first to do so!
The Kandiyohi County Board supports an initiative by Minnesota Broadband Vision to get the Minnesota Legislature to invest more and pass legislation encouraging internet providers to get more high speed internet and broadband in rural areas.