Dakota County has applied for an MN Broadband grant

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports

Limited high-speed internet in rural Dakota County has created a digital divide that officials are hoping to bridge with a $1.9 million project, installing fiber optic cable in tiny townships on the county’s southern edge.

Dakota County is partnering with Hiawatha Broadband Communications and Dakota Electric Association to build a fiber optic “backbone” south of Hastings — the final step in a years long effort to provide broadband countywide.

To help fund the project, Dakota County is seeking $912,000 from the state’s Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program, a $35 million pool that funds the expansion of broadband service across Minnesota. In previous years, most of the grant money has gone to outstate projects.

“There’s been somewhat of a disadvantage in the metro area, because there’s an assumption that … you’re going to have very good, high-quality service,” said Commissioner Mike Slavik, who represents rural Dakota County. “There are sections of southern Dakota County that are actually in a worse service level than many parts of greater Minnesota,” Slavik said.

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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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