Broadband project gets more supportThe Lake County Board’s county-wide broadband plans have received strong support from area townships and organizations.
By: Matt Suoja, Lake County News Chronicle
The Lake County Board’s county-wide broadband plans have received strong support from area townships and organizations.
The Lake Superior School District is one of them.
According to a letter released at a board meeting this week, school board member Leo Babeu said “We believe that the advanced telecommunication services provided by this project will significantly enhance our economic development, health care and educational services.”
The county board also discussed whether or not it will renew the contract of Chris Swanson for the position of fiber project consultant.
“We’re really getting our money’s worth,” said Commissioner Paul Bergman.
There will be a presentation on the project at 7 p.m. at the Two Harbors City Council meeting Monday.
The board had asked for a letter of support from the council at a previous meeting, but councilors were apprehensive because they had not been given a formal presentation on the topic.
The possible project would provide a fiber optic network that would connect homes and businesses throughout Lake County with television, Internet and phone services. The project would be paid for by the operational revenue it generates.
National Public Broadband is currently working on helping the county move the project forward.
For more information about the project, visit www.co.lake.mn.us and click on Lake County Fiber Network Project - Frequently Asked Questions. For more information on National Public Broadband, visit nationalpublicbroadband.org.