Kandiyohi County residents speak up – tell the county what you want for broadband

According to the West Central Tribune

Kandiyohi County will be conducting a survey about broadband access in parts of the county in May, and the organizers need your help. [If you live in Kandiyohi.]

If you receive a call at your residence or business, it is important to participate.

One problem is multiple providers…

Kandiyohi County’s broadband improvement is a challenge as three separate companies now serve different areas within the county and there is little collaboration.

Broadband for rural Kandiyohi County is as important as rural electrification was in the early part of the 20th century. Appropriate broadband provides the communication and commerce power to rural residents of the county that are now available within Willmar and across Minnesota.

At least one of those providers seem to be making plans to upgrade (with CAF II money) but the question is where and at what speeds. Maybe there’s room for greater collaboration, especially if there’s community demand for more. So it makes sense to take the survey.

Communities outside of Kandiyohi County might watch and see how valuable a community survey can be. It might make sense for your area too.

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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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