Brainerd Dispatch: Klobuchar, Smith, Stauber praise $1.9M allocation for Aitkin County broadband

EXCERPT: “Minnesota Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, along with Congressman Pete Stauber, announced Wednesday, Sept. 25, over $1.9 million in funding for broadband deployment in Aitkin County. The Community Connect grant of $1,953,464 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is intended to construct a fiber broadband network helping spur economic, business, telehealth, and educational improvements in Rice River Township and Spalding Township . . . This rural development investment will be used to construct a fiber-to-the-premises network to 235 establishments in portions of the Aitkin County townships. This includes tribal land and facilities of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. ” FULL STORY: