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Money to subsidize rural broadband initiatives has been limited, but recently the Minnesota Legislature approved $70 million for high-speed internet and the U.S. Senate passed an infrastructure package this week that would give the state at least $100 million for broadband upgrades. The infrastructure bill is now moving onto the House.
Approximately $20 million in grant funding was set aside for both the 2020 and 2021 rounds of the program by the Minnesota Legislature in 2019 amid a larger state government effort to make high-speed internet more widely accessible.
GLYNDON, Minn. — When all the fiber-optic is in and all the switches are turned on, Glyndon will be home to some of the fastest and strongest high-speed internet in the country: a 10-gigabit internet connection.
With broadband demand surging from home-bound Americans using the internet for work, shopping, school, telemedicine, and a social media bridge to family and friends, it’s good to know the system is holding up pretty well under the COVID-19 strain.
There is not dramatically more demand for the internet as a result of people working and going to school at home, but the peak usage times have changed, and the way telecom companies provide broadband service is more cautious as we deal with the coronavirus pandemic.