The Worthington Globe reports on broadband in Iona, MN (population 129) …
By the end of the year, about 100 Iona households, farms, businesses and community facilities should have access to broadband internet.
The primary internet service for the community, Lismore Cooperative Telephone Company, received a border-to-border broadband grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) in the amount of $732,831 to expand the fiber network. Lismore Coop will provide $512,667 in matching funds, and Murray County is contributing $100,000.
To date, Iona customers have had wireless internet, Lismore Coop General Manager Bill Loonan explained. However, with so many folks on the wireless network, bandwidth is limited, and speeds average about 25 megabytes per second (mbps).