Treehouse Broadband Needs $150,000 to bring fixed wireless to Morse (St Louis County)

Ely Echo reports on a broadband project that would serve the town of Morse but needs $150,000 in funding to deploy…

A revised broadband project that would provide much-needed service to rural Ely residents in the Town of Morse has hit a funding snag.
The project now seeks to use cutting edge wireless technology to provide up to 200Mbps service to customers within line-of-sight of towers and repeater sites. Customers without line-of-sight may be eligible for service up to 25Mbps.
Currently these residences and businesses have to choose between nearly non-existent speeds from Frontier or gamble on satellite connections.
Isaac Olson of Treehouse Broadband, LLC gave an update to the Morse board Tuesday, describing how the point-to-point and point-to-multipoint wireless broadband system would serve over 300 locations in the Burntside Lake, Little Long Lake and Wolf Lake areas.
The $600,000 project would include two 100 foot towers along with repeater sites and at customer homes and businesses Treehouse would install 18-inch receiver dishes and indoor WiFi coverage.
The project has a $150,000 funding gap as it currently sits. The Town of Morse has committed $100,000, Treehouse Broadband has pledged $200,000 and the IRRRB has shown interest in half of the remaining $150,000.
Under current funding rules, the IRRRB only provides up to 25% of the funding, looking to state broadband monies to provide the rest.
But those monies have been committed for the current fiscal cycle, meaning if the state legislature approves additional funds, Morse would have to compete with other projects statewide and wait until next year to proceed.

This entry was posted in Funding, MN, Rural, Vendors, Wireless by Ann Treacy. Bookmark the permalink.

About Ann Treacy

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.

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