Senator Klobuchar appreciates FTTH network in SE Minnesota built by Harmony and MiEnergy Coop

Ag Week reports

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar held a call on April 6 with the co-owners of Harmony Telephone Co. and MiEnergy Cooperative. The company has been a leader in the Midwest when it comes to using federal funding to expand broadband infrastructure at a fast pace.

She has good things to say about the team…

Klobuchar held a call to discuss efforts to expand internet access on April 6 with the co-owners of Harmony Telephone Co. and MiEnergy Cooperative. Last winter, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development awarded Harmony Telephone a $2.7 million grant and a $2.7 million loan to construct a fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network.

Federal resources to boost broadband capability have been given out in the past to companies who have “not used them correctly,” said Klobuchar. She said that’s not the case in southeast Minnesota.

“I think sometimes people don’t understand how much you do, as small companies, and how you’re on the ground and able, if given the resources, to get things done for your subscribers,” Klobuchar said to the group.

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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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