Much of Rural Martin County has better broadband

KEYC reports

Both Frontier Communications and Bevcomm Communications are expanding their rural reach to satisfy consumer needs in the area.

First, the Martin County Broadband Initiative partnered with Frontier Communications after receiving a grant to install fiber to the home and fiber to the node technology.

“The grant was received through the Department of Economic Development through the office of broadband in the amount of $1.67 million dollars,” explained Martin County Coordinator Scott Higgens. “Frontier stepped up to partner to install this new technology and provide speeds of 25/3 at the minimum, which the grant requires, for a total project of about $3.57 million dollars.”

BEVcomm is also expanding…

Another high–speed internet option in Martin County, is Bevcomm.

Bevcomm recently purchased part of Hanson Communications territory in Southern Minnesota and plans to begin installing broadband fiber to help serve Truman, Trimont and Welcome.

“Broadband is going to be the key to everything in the future,” said Bevcomm CEO Bill Eckles. “It’s telemedicine, distance learning, small businesses. You hear it from realtors’ now the first question people ask them is what kind of internet speeds can I get in this house? This will bring those three communities to the next generation of speeds.”

Bevcomm plans to break ground in the coming weeks and hopes to have the project completed by this time next year.

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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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