More info on Border to Border grants in Douglas County

According to the Alexandria Echo Press

Help is on the way for nearly 300 households and 39 businesses in Douglas County that are frustrated with slow, unreliable Internet connections.

Two grants were approved in the Douglas County area.

Runestone Telecom Association received a grant of $700,674 that will bring high-speed Internet service to 267 households and 32 businesses in the Holmes City area. Runestone will build on a 2015 broadband grant to expand further into that area.

The goals of the project include reducing the number of people leaving the area, reducing economic disparities and mitigating the digital divide.

The total eligible project cost is $1.4 million, with a $700,674 local match…

Internet speeds in the Holmes City area are slow. Some connections are slogging along at speeds of only 1 or 3 megabits per second, Hedstrom said. The project will increase that 1,000 times to 1 gigabit per second…

Another broadband grant, this one for $68,240, was awarded to Gardonville Cooperative Telephone. The project will serve 28 unserved households and seven unserved businesses in the Lake Louise area. It’s expected to improve business development and help attract new residents and employees to the area.

The total eligible project cost is $153,348, with an $85,108 local match.

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