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St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) - Governor Tim Walz today announced what he described as the largest-ever investment in broadband access across Minnesota.

More than 60 broadband expansion projects have been awarded nearly $100 million through the state's Border-to-Border Broadband program. It is estimated the projects will connect more than 33,000 homes and businesses in 48 Minnesota counties to high-speed Internet service.

In the Rochester area, Kasson and Mantorville Telephone Company has been awarded a total of $3.1 million to expand high-speed Internet service in Olmsted and Dodge Counties. The Ace Telephone Association is receiving $3.2 million for a project in Winona County, and Harmony Telephone Company is getting a bit over $1.1 million to push out Broadband Service in Fillmore County.


“This historic funding will dramatically improve broadband access for thousands of Minnesotans,” said Governor Walz. “Broadband connects students to new educational opportunities, provides workers with more flexibility, expands access to healthcare resources and information, and helps us stay connected to the people who matter most. This investment is essential to making Minnesota the best state to live, work, and raise a family – no matter where you live.”

Under the program, Broadband service is described as a minimum of 100 Mbs download and 20 Mbs upload speeds.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development will soon be awarding another round of grants for expanding broadband Internet using $67 million in state and federal funding. The application process is expected to open on December 19.

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