Kandiyohi County gets fixed wireless broadband

According to the West Central Tribune

LTD Broadband spent the summer months building broadcast tower sites across the county and is now offering high-speed internet to rural homes and businesses.

So far, 31 towers have been built, with seven more scheduled for completion this fall.

When completed, nearly every rural location in the county will have wireless access to broadband with speeds up to 25 megabits per second, the company said in a news release. Business-dedicated connections will be available at up to 500 Mbps. The company offers plans capable of streaming high-definition video with unlimited data for $30 a month.

The article alludes to Kandiyohi’s earlier plan for broadband…

Kandiyohi County officials had hoped to meet some of the need with a $4.9 million border-to-border grant from the Minnesota Office of Broadband Technology. The project, in partnership with Consolidated Telecommunication Co. of Baxter, would have brought fiber lines to 1,600 homes and businesses in rural north-central Kandiyohi County.

The project fell apart this past summer, however, when not enough customers signed up and made deposits to make it financially viable for Consolidated Telecommunication.

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Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

2 thoughts on “Kandiyohi County gets fixed wireless broadband

  1. “The project fell apart this past summer, however, when not enough customers signed up and made deposits to make it financially viable for Consolidated Telecommunication.”

    Slight correction: A sufficient number of people ‘signed up’ for the project, but about 50 failed to send earnest money. Kandiyohi County offered to buy in for the number of missing deposits and compensate for the subscriptions until the full number of subscribers were paying in. At that point CTC wanted an additional 2,000,000.00 dollars from the county. Since the project did not cover the entire county, the board could not in good conscience fund this last minute request.

    Apparently CTC did not adequately estimate the requirements for the project, perhaps not realizing that many of the plots of land were farmland.

    The project was further compromised by the state funding process giving current providers broad rights to refuse access to parts of the county they ‘promised’ to serve. The essential result of this is that the project was denied access to more heavily populated parts of the county which could have helped pay for more rural parts.

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