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Southeast Minnesota sees millions in broadband grant dollars

Broadband projects in Fillmore, Winona, Steele, Olmsted, Dodge are Goodhue counties are all receiving funds.

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Southeast Minnesota communities will reap the benefits from $20.6 million in grants to provide reliable, high-speed access to 39 projects in Greater Minnesota communities.

State dollars are matched by $34 million in local funds, for a total investment in broadband infrastructure of $54 million. This is the sixth year of the Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant program.

The projects are:

AcenTek, Rural Peterson Exchange FTTH, $1.5 million

The last mile project will serve 214 unserved households, 18 unserved businesses, 88 unserved farms and two unserved community anchor institutions, as well as 47 underserved households and five underserved businesses in Fillmore and Winona counties.

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Total eligible project cost: 1.5 million. Local match: $928,454.

BEVCOMM (Cannon Valley Telecom, Inc.), Rural Morristown Fiber Expansion Project, $210,692

The last mile project will serve about 14 unserved and 94 underserved locations in portions of Rice, Waseca and Steele counties.

Total eligible project cost: $526,720. Local match: $316,037.

Charter Communications (Spectrum), Cambridge Hills, $28,950

The middle and last mile project will serve about 41 unserved households in Marion Township in Olmsted County.

Total eligible project cost: 96,582. Local match: $67,632.

KMTelecom, Rock Dell Northwest Fiber Build, $385,173

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The last mile project will serve approximately 125 unserved locations in the rural Ashland and Vernon townships in Dodge County, and Salem Township in Olmsted County.

Total eligible project cost: $1.3 million. Local match: $898,737.

KMTelecom, Rock Dell Southwest Fiber Build, $404,709

The last project will serve about 96 unserved households, 70 farms and five unserved businesses in rural Vernon Township in Dodge County and Sargeant Township in Mower County.

Total eligible project cost: $1.4 million. Local match: $944,322.

MiBroadband LLC, Rural Preston FTTP, $1.2 million

The Rural Preston fiber-to-the-premises will serve 231 unserved and 26 underserved locations in the rural portions of southern Fillmore County.

Total eligible project cost: $3.4 million. Local match: $2.2 million.

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Nuvera Communications Inc., Goodhue Welch FTTP, $340,790

The last mile project south of Welch will serve 100 unserved and 15 underserved locations in Goodhue County.

Total eligible project cost: $1.5 million. Local match: $988,430.

Nuvera Communications Inc., Goodhue West FTTP, $532,232

The last mile project will serve 148 unserved and two underserved locations in Goodhue, Zumbrota and Belle Creek townships in Goodhue County, and Chester Township in Wabasha County.

Total eligible project cost: $1.5 million. Local match: $988,430.

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