Today’s “Golden Shovel” event marked the start of our fiber build in rural Lanesboro. Fillmore County presented us with a $75,000 check, signifying the support we have from them. This loan was given to us to help improve broadband access for those residents and businesses located in rural Lanesboro. In addition to receiving the check, Todd Roesler (CEO at AcenTek) and Duane Bakke (County Commissioner) broke ground with golden shovels indicating the start of the project.
In attendance at today’s event was members from CEDA (Community and Economic Development Associates), the county commissioner’s office, Lanesboro Economic Development, along with both television and print media outlets.
The fiber build in rural Lanesboro was made possible due to the grant we were awarded by the State of Minnesota for $1,777,936. The project will bring Fiber-to-the-Home to 474 locations including 22 businesses and provides telecommuting opportunities for employees of Rochester-based Mayo Clinic and IBM who live in the Lanesboro area. We are excited to begin this fiber project that will benefit the people living and working in rural Lanesboro.