Lincoln County is looking into broadband

According to the Marshall Independent

The big word at the county level is “broadband,” and the byword is “fiber to dwelling.” Vince Robinson of the Lincoln County Enterprise Development Corporation appeared before the Lincoln County Board at its Tuesday meeting to discuss the project that would bring high speed Internet to southwest Minnesota, particularly Lincoln County.

“Fiber to dwelling is preferable, but can be expensive,” Robinson said. “Sometimes you have to go wireless.”

Handouts were distributed explaining what broadband is and talked about the governor’s efforts to serve more Minnesota communities.

Robinson added that the qualifications for funding have changed a bit. It is being focused on those who are unserved more so than underserved. He said he was there at the meeting to see if a couple of commissioners wanted to join the talks with the server companies to see if they could dangle a big enough carrot. This generated some discussion about the efforts to achieve better service in southwest Minnesota.

“We want them to send someone out to talk to our group about what’s out there and research resources,” Robinson said.

“It’s something I want to learn more about,” Commissioner Don Evers said as he and Commissioner Mic VanDeVere volunteered to represent the board at those meetings.

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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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