More on MN State Broadband Grant in Aitkin County

Aitkin Age reports…

There are 374 households near Big Sandy Lake in Aitkin County that will benefit from a recently awarded grant which will increase broadband access in the underserved area.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development announced on Nov. 21 that $26 million in grants were awarded to bring broadband access to unserved and underserved parts of the state.

A little bit about the projects…

Savage Communications Inc (SCI). was one of 39 Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program recipients. SCI received a grant for $148,503 for a project which will serve the Big Sandy Lake area. The grant will be matched by private funding.

Broadband service levels will improve to 250 mbps down and 20 mbps up, meeting and exceeding state speed goal for the year 2026.

And reaction from Representative Dale Lueck…

Representative Dale Lueck, R-Aitkin, released the following statement: ““This is good news for the people near Big Sandy,” Lueck said. “Congratulations to those who put together a successful grant request. The Legislature made this funding available and I look forward to seeing workers on the ground making things happen so we can eliminate another patch in our region where people have not been able to enjoy the same reliable internet service others have come to expect.”

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