The Marshall Independent reports on the growing partnership between Chippewa, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Pipestone and Yellow Medicine counties to plan for better broadband…
Access to high-speed Internet has become a hot topic for southwest Minnesota — because it’s something many residents still don’t have, especially in rural areas.
A group of six area counties is talking about ways to change that, however. On Tuesday, Lyon County commissioners voted to join in a proposed broadband feasibility study for Chippewa, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Pipestone and Yellow Medicine counties.
County Board chairman Paul Graupmann said the group of counties received a proposal for the study from Finley Engineering of Slayton.
“Several of us have met and discussed it,” and would like to move forward with the study, Graupmann said.
Finley Engineering and CCG Consulting are proposing to study three different possibilities for expanding broadband Internet in the region. The first possibility would be to build fiber lines out to underserved areas of each county. A less costly option could be to build a fiber-fed wireless network. The proposed study will also examine possible public/private partnerships.
The proposal said the study will compare costs for all three situations and look at ways to fund each.