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'Meet and greets' scheduled for Kandiyohi County broadband project

A broadband project to be undertaken by Consolidated Telecommunications Co. will cover the blue area, which is north central rural Kandiyohi County. The red New London area and green Spicer area are not part of the grant helping finance the project, but those areas may be considered if enough interest is expressed. Residents can go to to learn more. (Consolidated Telecommunications Company)

SPICER — A series of "meet and greets" will be held over the next three weeks for residents and businesses within the proposed service zone of a broadband project by Consolidated Telecommunications Co.

The meetings are scheduled for this coming Monday; Thursday, March 23; and April 4. All three will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Dethlefs Senior Center in Spicer.

The sessions will be an opportunity for residents to meet representatives of Consolidated Telecommunications Co., ask questions and sign up for future broadband services.

Those who aren't sure whether their home or business is within the proposed project area may go to the company's website at and enter their street address and zip code.

Kandiyohi County residents who live or own a business outside the project zone are also encouraged to attend. Their input will help Consolidated Telecommunications gauge local interest in future broadband expansion projects.

Consolidated Telecommunications Co. has been awarded a $4.94 million grant from the Minnesota Office of Broadband Technology to bring high-speed internet to the unserved rural neighborhoods of north central Kandiyohi County. The proposed service area includes over 1,400 households, 149 businesses and four community anchor institutions.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $10 million. Kandiyohi County will issue $5 million in tax abatement bonds next month to loan to Consolidated Telecommunications Co. as the local share of the project.