Sen. Ingebrigtsen obtains funding for broadband projects in northwestern Minnesota

The Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced recipients of 2017 Border-to-Border Broadband grant program this past Tuesday, which included funding for three projects serving Otter Tail County. The projects will help serve residents, businesses and community institutions across northwestern Minnesota, providing critical access to high-speed internet connectivity. Funding for all 39 broadband projects was secured in this year’s Jobs and Economic Development Bill, which Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen (R-Alexandria) supported during the 2017 legislative session.

Arvig, Otter Tail Telcom, and West Central Telephone Association will receive a combined total of £1,681,906 for their broadband expansion project in Senate District 8, allowing them to serve 771 underserved households, 74 underserved businesses.

“Expanded access to broadband services is critical for continued growth and development in Greater Minnesota,” said Senator Ingebrigtsen. “For far too long communities in the northern part of our state have lagged behind in their access.

With funding provided through the 2017 Border-to-Border Broadband grant program, our state is continuing to address this divide and increase economic, health and education opportunities outside of the metro.”

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