At the Minnetrista City Council meeting on Feb. 7, the council approved an agreement with Midcontinent Communications (Midco) for a build-out of broadband services for 495 homes in the city of Minnetrista.
On Jan. 3, Midco proposed to construct facilities and provide reliable high speed internet service to 495 homes to fill the broadband availability gap in the city. The proposal includes an estimated total construction cost $2.57 million. The city council approved a local contribution of 15.5 percent of the construction costs, capped at a maximum of $400,000. Of those funds, $145,000 will come from the cable fund balance and $255,000 will come from American Rescue Plan Act funds.
The agreement will provide the Minnetrista homes with increased speeds of up to 5 gigabit per second downloads, and 2 gigabit per second uploads by July 1, 2023. The hopes are that the project will be significantly completed by Dec. 31, 2022.