Company Gets Funding For Faster Internet

Company Gets Funding For Faster Internet Click to Enlarge Photo: Jake Judd (KNSI)

(KNSI) - A company is getting federal funding to get more rural residents on high-speed internet.

Midcontinent Communications will get $719,916 to expand services in Stearns County over the next ten years.

The funding will help 280 locations get access to broadband to get service delivering speeds of at least 100 Mbps downstream/20 Mbps upstream.

The Federal Communications Commission authorized the money on Monday.

The commission approved more than $28 million to help expand broadband in Minnesota, and providers will start receiving funds later this month.

Across the state, the funding will expand service to more than 10,000 homes and businesses.

The FCC approved more than $121 million in funding nationwide.

Providers must build to 40% of the assigned locations within three years, according to the release, and increase by 20% each year after.

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