The Hibbing Daily Tribune reports on Winona’s strategy to continue expanding broadband with the help of HBC…
The county will get $416,000 to continue broadband expansion into areas of Wilson, Homer, Richmond, Pleasant Hill and Wiscoy townships.
The total project cost is estimated to be $868,000, with a match by HBC covering the rest.
The project is expected to reach 111 households, 112 unserved businesses, and two community institutions currently unserved or underserved.
Winona County administrator Ken Fritz said the county would like to continue using the programs if the state continues providing grants.
“The idea is to pursue providing broadband across the county,” Fritz said.
Fritz said the use was contingent on HBC being willing to continue to provide the match for the project, and invest in expanding their infrastructure to different areas.
The article provides a little background on previous grant-funded projects as well…
Last year the county was awarded $314,500 to a project to expand broadband into the Witoka and Wilson areas, with HBC covering the rest of the near $1 million project cost. That project started in spring 2016 and affected an estimated 256 households, 117 businesses, 90 farms, nine commercial and industrial businesses, 18 home-based businesses, a school and other public institutions.
In 2015 the county also received $247,000 for broadband expansion in Elba and Norton townships, including Whitewater State Park. The overall project is estimated to cost nearly $775,000. That project will provide improved internet to an estimated 135 households, 70 businesses, Whitewater State Park, Whitewater Wildlife Management Area, Crystal Springs Fish Hatchery, a school and other public institutions.