The Start of the Broadband Initiative
In the late spring of 2008 the Lac qui Parle County Economic Development Authority (LqP EDA) was awarded 32 hours of technical assistance from the Blandin Foundation to investigate the current usage and future need for better broadband service in Lac qui Parle County. Since that time, Bill Coleman has been working with the LqP Broadband Initiative Steering Committee to address the issues and needs found by to be of concern by the group.
LqP Gets ARRA Broadband Funding
In August, 2010 $9.6 million in ARRA funding was awarded in loans and grants to bring FTTP (Fiber-to-the-Premise) technology to residents and businesses in Lac qui Parle County in west central Minnesota. This FTTP network will make Lac qui Parle one of the leading technology counties in the state. More than 3,700 people stand to benefit, as do roughly 165 businesses and 12 community institutions. This project is a collaboration between Farmers Mutual Telephone and Lac qui Parle County and will directly support 110 jobs upfront and will also drive economic development and create jobs for decades to come!
Phase Two will be completed by Farmers Mutual Telephone after all of the grant/loan funds have been expended and will finish spreading fiber optic technology to the remaining residents and businesses in the county. (Get Updates)
The LqP Computer Commuter is a mobile computer lab that tours Lac qui Parle to provide computer training and assistance to residents and local businesses especially in the communities of Bellingham, Boyd, Dawson, Madison, Marietta and Nassau. The idea for the LqP Computer Lab came up when Congressman Collin Peterson was approached by the TDF Foundation. Peterson know of LqP’s work in broadband and so brought the opportunity to them where it grew wheels to serve a greater area. Add in some financial support from the Blandin Foundation and the project grew wheels and wings, hitting the streets in the Summer of 2010. (Get Updates.)
If you are interested in learning more or would like to share your comments or ideas about the state of broadband in Lac qui Parle County contact the LqP EDA (email@example.com).
Rural Broadband – Making The Connections