Senators Klobuchar and Smith celebrate $5 million federal broadband funding in Brainerd

I wrote about the awards earlier this month but it’s nice to see the Senators celebrate the award too. Brainerd Dispatch reports…

According to a news release Monday, Jan. 27, the funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ReConnect program is intended support high-speed broadband infrastructure projects that will improve connectivity for rural Minnesota households.

“Our 21st century economy demands 21st century infrastructure, and that will require investments in rural broadband,” Klobuchar stated in the release. “This critical funding will help connect more Minnesotans from Brainerd and the surrounding area to high-speed internet. Continued investments in broadband will transform how we do business, provide medical care, educate our children, create jobs, and deliver government services.”

“I’m glad to see this investment in the Brainerd area. Broadband is the infrastructure of the 21st Century and if we’re going to build an economy that works for everyone, then we need to seriously prioritize deploying high-speed internet to all Americans—just like we did with rural electrification and the interstate highway system,” Smith stated in the release. “That’s why I fought to get my provisions to deploy broadband to unserved rural and Tribal communities included in the 2018 Farm Bill, and I’m going to keep working to help build out broadband across the state.”

This rural development investment will provide Consolidated Telephone Company in Brainerd with the opportunity to deploy a fiber-to-the-premise network in rural areas.

A quick reminder that applications for second round ReConnect funding open January 31.

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

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