Slow or no broadband access puts rural communities at risk as economic development stalls, educational methods are limited, rural healthcare options are limited, and agriculture is negatively affected. Broadband service is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessary utility and Nobles County has now broken ground to bring that service to its residents. Finley Engineering is proud to partner with Nobles County and Lismore Cooperative Telephone Company from the initial feasibility study all the way to designing and now managing the project. Congratulations Nobles County!
The following article byThe Globe July 20th.was published in
Nobles County broadband project underway
The project got legs when the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development announced in January that the co-op had received a $2.94 million grant to create a hybrid fiber and wireless network. The co-op matched the $2.94 million grant one-to-one.
Finley Engineering of Slayton will do the engineering and LaPointe Utilities of Forest Lake will serve as the contractor for the project, which looks to provide 500 square miles in new wireless coverage, distributed through five towers. The company will build a fiber ring around the county as well — fiber to the home will be installed to homes in Leota and Wilmont, as well as any homes that happen to be along the fiber route.
LaPointe will be building three new 200-foot towers, as well as a series of huts that will facilitate the fiber ring connections. It will need to lay around 135 miles of fiber to complete the route.
For more of this story, see Saturday’s print edition and dglobe.com.