Kandiyohi County encourages residents with inadequate broadband to apply for Minnesota line extension program
Any resident or business in the state of Minnesota that does not have wired broadband internet service of at least 25 megabits per second downloading speed and 3 megabits per second for uploads is now eligible to apply for this program.
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission Broadband Committee remains committed to working with internet providers to complete broadband construction projects in Kandiyohi County so that all premises have access to high-speed internet, according to a news release from the EDC.
The state's Broadband Line Extension Connection Program is a great opportunity for businesses and residents outside of the recent Border-to-Border Broadband Development project award areas that do not have adequate broadband service, the EDC said in the release, specifically Arctander, Mamre, St. Johns townships and portions of Dovre and Lake Andrew townships.
Any resident or business in the state of Minnesota that does not have wired broadband internet service of at least 25 megabits per second download speed and 3 megabits per second for uploads is now eligible to apply for this program.
The program is ideal for Kandiyohi County residents who know they are near a provider’s infrastructure, but don’t have internet access themselves. Additional inquiries about Kandiyohi County broadband can be sent to Sarah Swedburg at email@example.com or 320-235-7370.
The Broadband Line Extension Connection Program was created during the 2022 Minnesota legislative session by the Department of Employment and Economic Development’s Office of Broadband Development.
That office will send a list of addresses to broadband providers offering service in Minnesota every six months, after which the office will hold a 60-day reverse auction for providers to bid to extend service. Once awarded, broadband providers will have one year to complete the broadband line extension project.
To learn more about the program and apply, visit the state’s website at mn.gov/deed/programs-services/broadband/extension . To request a paper application, call the Office of Broadband Development at 651-259-7610.