Harmony MN is working on short and long term broadband improvements (Fillmore County)

KAAL TV reports on Harmony’s plans to get better broadband to students. They had long term plans, which have been delayed due to COVID shortages.

I’m happy they have found a solution to work now and glad they are also focused on a permanent plan for the future…

The long term good news…

In January, the City of Harmony received a $5.4 million dollar grant to help bring high-speed broadband to hundreds of homes in the rural town.

The short term good news…

“Due to COVID-19, we have been delayed in getting some of the materials,” said Alissa Stelpflug, the customer experience, and sales Supervisor at the Harmony Telephone Company. “But since we haven’t been able to start utilizing the reconnect grant yet, we have been able to utilize our MiBroadband services,” she added.

They are doing their best…

According to her, the school district provided a list of families in under-served areas, and they have since been provided with internet access.

Stelpflug said it’s a small fraction of the families that would have been impacted by the grant money, but the company is still working hard to help as many people as they can. Once the grant is ready to be used, more than 300 households and community buildings will have access to broadband.

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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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