Kandiyohi County residents need to sign up to get broadband project going

West Central Tribune reports on the status of the Border to Border grant in Kandiyohi. They need more people to sign up for service before the project can progress. If they don’t the project will be delayed and possibly in jeopardy…

Kandiyohi County officials have partnered with Consolidated Telecommunications Co. for a $10 million broadband project to construct a fiber line to bring high-speed access to north central Kandiyohi County. This Kandiyohi County-Consolidated Telecommunications partnership would bring the high-speed access plus high-definition TV and phone services to homes and businesses.

Currently, the proposed Kandiyohi County project has reached 72 percent of the household/business sign-up goal of 800, but still needs another 220 households to sign up to reach the project’s goal.

The sign-up goal must be reached before CTC can begin construction of their fiber lines in the proposed service area. The longer it takes to reach the sign-up goal, the greater the likelihood that the fiber installation may not be completed before the winter freeze, which will delay installation progress another year.

If the Kandiyohi County project does not reach the initial sign-up goal, the state grant funding could move onto another community on the state’s waiting list. Then Kandiyohi County broadband needs would likely move to the back of the line and prospects for future broadband improvements would be very poor.

If commercial broadband companies have not invested in broadband access for rural Kandiyohi County over the past quarter century of the internet era, why does anyone think these private businesses are going to invest anything soon or even in the next decade or quarter century.

So this Kandiyohi County-CTC project is basically the last best chance for developing high-speed broadband access in rural areas of the county. This is also a major economic development opportunity for the residents and businesses of our county.

This entry was posted in Funding, MN, MN Broadband Fund Awards by Ann Treacy. Bookmark the permalink.

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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