The group that came together to meet with Sen Matt Schmit in Ortonville in December of 2013 during the Senator’s broadband listening tour has decided to continue meeting and work together to improve broadband services in Big Stone County and extended area. Big Stone Area Growth will facilitate the continued meetings as the group organizes and researches options and next steps to bring affordable broadband throughout the area.

The group moving this initiative forward has representation from our medical facilities, schools, county government, city government and area businesses.

Thanks to Terry Ocana, BigStone County IT Director, for taking the leadership role on the Broadband State grant opportunity

The Draft County Broadband Workgroup Mission, Goals & Structure – 
BSC Broadband Expansion Workgroup

September 30, 2014 – Proposed Project
The MN Office of Broadband Development (OBD) under the MN Department of Employemnt and Economic Development (DEED) has released applications offering up to $5 million per project with a 1:1 dollar match for rural broadband expansions.  The applications are due no later than October 28, 2014.

The Big Stone County Commissioners took action to apply for the Broadband Proposed Project.
BSAG send out request for support:  Broadband Opportunity Req for Support Letter

An application was submitted (with letters of support from throughout the County) by Big Stone County.  The State received 40 grant applications for this program and we are awaiting the grant award announcement – no estimated date has been released.

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