New FirstNet Cell Site Launches in Hokah to Support First Responders (Houston County MN)

From AT&T… What’s the news? First responders in the Hokah area are getting a major boost in their wireless communications thanks to the FirstNet® network expansion currently underway by AT&T*. We’ve added a new, purpose-built cell site just outside Hokah … Continue reading

64 applications for 2020 Border to Border broadband funding – did someone in your county apply?

Office of Broadband Development reports (via email)… Sixty-four (64) applications for the 2020 Border-to-Border Broadband Development grant program were received by the September 30 deadline. The Office of Broadband Development has initiated the challenge process required by Minnesota law (Minn. … Continue reading

DEED announces $34.6 Million Awarded in Small Cities Coronavirus Funding

From the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development… The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) today announced $34,656,956 in grants to 15 Minnesota cities and counties across the state from the Small Cities Coronavirus Community Development Block … Continue reading

Two projects in Rice County get MN State grants – RDOF impact in other areas may have helped them

Faribault Daily News reports… Two crucial rural broadband projects backed by the Rice County Board of Commissioners were among those funded last week through the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s Border to Border broadband grant program. More details … Continue reading

South Central MN looking to expand use of Telepresence during pandemic and beyond

I’m pleased to share South Central Minnesota’s report issued reflecting use of telepresence by the Human Services Departments of Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Freeborn, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Rice, Sibley, and Watonwan Counties. Like many communities, they are innovating to … Continue reading