More info from The Fergus Falls Daily Journal on Minnesota Border to Border Broadband grants in their area…
Otter Tail County
Otter Tail Telcom was awarded $517,441 as part of 71 grants issued for Greater Minnesota…
The funding will assist with access to high-speed internet in the Fergus Falls and Battle Lake areas, according to a press release from DEED.
The project in Fergus Falls will provide service to 79 unserved households near Elizabeth and rural Fergus Falls. The total eligible project cost is $558,542, with $279,271 local match.
The Battle Lake project will serve 62 unserved households in the Clitherall and Battle Lake areas. The total eligible project cost is $476,340, with a $238,170 local match.
A grant of $718,850 was awarded to the West Central Telephone Association in Wadena. The broadband expansion project will provide access for 174 unserved homes and 13 unserved businesses in Bluffton and Blowers townships in Otter Tail County and portions of Rockwood, Leaf River, North Germany and Wing River townships in Wadena County.
The total eligible project is $1.5 million, with a $778,755 local match.
“Receiving these grants for increased broadband access is essential for our area’s future prosperity,” said state Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria. “Greater access to broadband provides for better economic opportunities for our businesses and our workers, as well as outlets for students to do additional learning.”