Morrison County Commissioner support Border to Border grant from Charter Communications

Hometown Source reports

Some residents of Green Prairie, Little Falls and Pike Creek townships may soon have another option for broadband internet service.

Tuesday, Morrison County Administrator Matt LeBlanc told the Board of Commissioners that he had recently been contracted by the director of government affairs with Charter Communications. She informed him that the company was looking to extend fiber optic broadband service to 474 locations within the county.

“That stretches from approximately midway up Camp Ripley — everything’s on the west side of the river — down to kind of the parallel line of Sobieski, but again, tight to the river through the county, skipping over Little Falls,” Le-Blanc said. “It’s a $3 million project that Charter would be looking to do.”

Her purpose for contacting LeBlanc was to ask for the County Board to provide a letter of support on Charter’s behalf. In order to do the project, the company is applying for a Border to Board Broadband grant from the Minnesota Department of Economic Development.

He said a timeframe on the potential project would likely be contingent on successful receipt of the grant for Charter.

The Board unanimously encouraged LeBlanc to send the letter of support in hopes of getting the project done.

This entry was posted in Funding, MN, MN Broadband Fund Awards by Ann Treacy. Bookmark the permalink.

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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