- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

GAYLORD, Minn. (AP) - Officials have broken ground on a long-sought project to bring high-speed, fiber-optic Internet service to residents in rural southern Minnesota.

The Free Press (https://bit.ly/1CqOFzF ) reports the groundbreaking took place Wednesday to bring the Internet service to 27 cities and townships in mostly Sibley and Renville counties. The project is being done in two phases at a total cost of $45 million.

A news release from the RS Fiber Cooperative says 1,600 homes and business will be connected to fiber-optic cable by the end of this year. Fiber would be buried to reach all customers beginning in 2018.

The network is being built and managed for the cooperative by Hiawatha Broadband Communications of Winona. Project planning began about six years ago, and local governments agreed to work in tandem to get high-speed Internet.

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Information from: The Free Press, https://www.mankatofreepress.com


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