Greater Minnesota will be happy with this, as their slow internet headaches should go away soon. Two area businesses were apart of 39 broadband infrastructure projects to help get high-speed internet throughout greater Minnesota, according to Finance and Commerce.

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith along with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development announced the grant recipients on Tuesday. Two of the grantees are from the Southeast Minnesota Area including Acentek and Mediacom.

Acentek received just over $2 million in help of a project that will serve "226 unserved households, 20 unserved businesses, and 289 underserved households, 20 underserved businesses, and 2 underserved community anchor institutions in the Rushford Village/Rural Rushford exchange in Fillmore County", the total cost of the project is north of $5 million.

Mediacom received just over $200,000 in help of a project that will "increase and extend advanced broadband to 161 unserved households and 20 unserved businesses in the Fountain area." The total cost of the project is just over $420,000.

This is big news for Southeast Minnesota and greater Minnesota, as more people, communities and businesses will have better internet access that will allow for growth in many different areas including many advancements in medicine, education, and agriculture.


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