Todd and Wadena counties host broadband summit

The Wadena Pioneer Journal reports on the Broadband Summit hosted on March 17 in Todd and Wadena Counties…

Providers have worked to decrease rural connectivity gaps in Wadena County with recent projects in Wadena and Staples. Huntersville and Nimrod areas have also noted interest in fiber.

CTC director of business development Joe Buttweiler, West Central Telephone Association marketing director Geri Salmela, Arvig director of business development and sales Dave Schornack and Community Technology Advisors founder Bill Coleman shared during the Todd Wadena Development Summit in March.

A recently formed broadband coalition in Todd County expanded from the northwest portion to the whole county. Coleman said the project started with the Blandin Foundation Accelerate program , which includes a 14 week planning process with weekly meetings in the communities. The state has a 2026 speed goal of 100 megabits per second (mbps) for downloads and 20 mbps for uploads, which 14% of Todd County meets as of October 2021.

Residents are encouraged to complete a broadband survey and speed test on the Todd County coalition website. Surveys are also available at Bertha City Hall, Browerville School, local CentraCare locations, The Independent News Herald and John’s Computer Shop in Long Prairie. These surveys help show the demand and how communities are willing to help with projects, as providers said. If you decide to add services after the project, it is more expensive.

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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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