Houston County commissioners approved a potential $75,000 revolving loan on August 13, one that could help extend broadband coverage to nearly 900 local customers. If a “Border to Border” grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is awarded to telecommunications provider Acentek, the company would receive the “community partnership” funds through the county’s EDA for three years at 0% interest.
According to EDA reports, AcenTek would provide $6,365,000 towards the expansion, with DEED adding $2,760,000. The closing date for the grant application is September 13, with the award expected to take place during the last quarter of 2019.
If the project gets DEED approval, around 800 residences, businesses, and farms in the rural Houston telephone exchange, plus 60-70 Hokah residents would get fiber hookups for broadband.