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Minnesota, western Wisconsin receive federal funding for rural broadband projects

Minnesota, western Wisconsin receive federal funding for rural broadband projects Photo: Public Domain Pictures

Updated: October 09, 2019 10:57 AM

Minnesota and western Wisconsin have been selected to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for projects that would improve broadband service in rural areas.

The projects in Minnesota and Wisconsin are two of the 20 projects that were selected. The USDA is investing a total of $152 million across the 20 projects. 

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In Minnesota, a project in Aitkin County will receive a total of $1.9 million. The funding will be used to construct a "fiber-to-premises network" in portions of Rice River Township and Spaulding Township, which includes tribal land and facilities of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. 

In western Wisconsin, the selected project will receive $8 million. The funding will be used to upgrade broadband services in the towns of Baldwin and Woodville. The upgrade is expected to impact a total of 2,352 broadband customers, according to the USDA. 

Both projects are expected to boost economic development.

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