MVTV Wireless has been bringing highspeed broadband internet access to the unserved and underserved areas of rural Minnesota since 1996. Much like electricity and telephone, internet service has become a necessity. This is why MVTV commits to continued expansion of our coverage footprint. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Developments (DEED) grant award will serve an important part in that mission!
We give special thanks to the Governor Dayton’s Border-To-Border Development Grant Program Committee, for recognizing the value of our request and supporting our initiative to achieve ubiquitous broadband internet service for all Minnesotans.
This broadband funding was awarded under DEED’s Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program, which Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law in May 2014. This year, DEED received 44 applications for funding, totaling more than $29 million in requests. Recipients were selected based on an internal review and scoring process.
Among those receiving grants was MVTV Wireless Middle Mile, Southwestern Minnesota, $808,080.
The MVTV project will improve services to 6,000 households and businesses that are MVTV customers in 20 southwestern Minnesota counties, with leverage possibilities for another 29,000 customers. The counties are Blue Earth, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, Meeker, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Rock, Redwood, Renville, Sibley, Swift, Watonwan and Yellow Medicine. Total project costs are $1.85 million. MVTV will cover the remaining $1.04 million (56 percent local match).
As Windom News’ Rick Frederickson stated ~
I’ve always said that broadband service is critical to rural Minnesota’s economy. I compare it to when REA brought rural electric service to the area almost a century ago. If rural areas are to compete economically with urban areas, broadband is a must.
It is also critical to many other services, such as education, health care and emergency services.
From MVTV Wireless ~
“We’re thrilled about this,” said Dan Richter, President of the nonprofit MVTV and a member of Gov. Mark Dayton’s task force on broadband access.
For a complete list of recipients, visit the Broadband Grant Recipient List
The show of support from our local Reprensentatives and Senators is greatly appreciated. We couldn’t have done it without them!
“Minnesota had $11 million available for broadband grants statewide, and our Minnesota House district is going to receive more than half of that amount,” Miller said. “I congratulate the Federated and MVTV Wireless representatives and the local officials who worked hard and made a strong and compelling case for this funding.”
State Representative Tim Miller (R-Prinsburg) said western Minnesota was the big winner in Minnesota’s recent broadband grant selection process.
We would also like to thank The Blandin Foundation for all their efforts to promote broadband adoption and digital inclusion. The #MNBroadband Conference, held in Minneapolis this past week, focused on our ultimate goal… ‘Everyone in Minnesota will be able to use convenient, affordable world-class broadband networks that enable us to survive and thrive in our communities and across the globe.’
For examples of ongoing projects and area success stories, visit ‘Moving Your Community Up The Tech Adoption Ladder’.
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For more information about MVTV Wireless, visit http://www.mvtvwireless.com/ or call 320.564.4807
‘Connecting Rural Minnesota’