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The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s (DEED) Office this week announced over $50 million in grants to expand broadband access to an estimated 8,900 homes and businesses throughout Minnesota.

Twenty four broadband expansion projects will receive grants from the DEED Office of Broadband Development, helping deploy new broadband infrastructure around Minnesota. Using the grant funding, providers plan to expand high-speed broadband – offering speeds of at least 100 megabits per second (Mbps) download and 20 Mbps upload – in 25 counties across Minnesota.

KLGR-area counties receiving grants include:

Brown, Cottonwood Counties: Hanson Communications $395,138

Chippewa, Renville Counties: Hanson Communications $2,081,494

Kandiyohi County: Federated Telephone Cooperative, $8,202,000