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At Tuesday's Kandiyohi County Board meeting, the commissioners approved submitting three letters of support toward three broadband projects hoping to be awarded state Border-to-Border grant funds. An update on projects was also given at the meeting.
A cooperative project between Kandiyohi County and Charter Communications will bring broadband to more than 170 rural, unserved homes and small businesses in the county. Charter is investing more than $563,000, and the county has committed nearly $240,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funding.
The Willmar City Council gave its Planning and Development staff the OK to continue working with VIBRANT Broadband on a project would bring fiber broadband into the city's Industrial Park. The city could then build off that backbone to offer fiber to homes across the city.

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While the news doesn’t seem to be good for Kandiyohi County in regard to receiving a major broadband grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the county continues to work with Meeker County to get a USDA ReConnect grant. The county is also still waiting for word on the state Border to Border grant.
The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution supporting Vibrant Broadband of Litchfield's application for a USDA ReConnect grant. If awarded, the grant would bring high-speed broadband to not only townships in Meeker County, but nine townships in Kandiyohi County.
The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission extended a contract with Connie Schmoll, who has been working on several broadband projects for the county over the past seven months.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota lawmakers couldn't come to an agreement Wednesday, April 22, on whether to approve new funding for a state program that expands access to broadband internet in places that don't have it.

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