Rogers City Council approves Border o Border grant application (Hennepin County)

Hometown Source reports on applications to the Border to Border program. One caveat, the reporter seems to think that applying implies immediately funding. I love the optimism but what it really means is they may get funding to upgrade 165 rural Rogers households…

Broadband capabilities will come to 165 rural Rogers households, as a result of action taken by the Rogers City Council on Aug. 10.

The council approved a $40,191 matching grant for Minnesota DEED (Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development) Broadband grant application in partnership with Comcast Communications and Hennepin County Supporting Broadband Grant.

City Administrator Steve Stahmer said the staff and council “have worked for years with our local cable companies and county and state representatives in an effort to facilitate the expansion of broadband internet access to unserved/underserved areas of Rogers.”

The city agreed to provide 2.5% of the total project cost of $1.6 million.

The city of Corcoran currently is working with Hennepin County and Comcast on a similar project, Stahmer said

“This came to light during the pandemic,” Mayor Rick Ihli said. “It became a big issue for a lot of families. We need to get the project going. It’s quite needed.”

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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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