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Follow television coverage of the groundbreaking:
To view the WDIO report, click here.
To view the Northland's News Center, click here.
To view the Fox 21 report, click here.
To view the ceremony as recorded by Terry Hartikka of Mesabi Community Television, click here.
Photos by Jeff Frey & Associates Photography
The groundbreaking for the Northeast Minnesota Middle Mile Fiber Project took place on 1 p.m. April 20, 2011, at the Northeast Service Cooperative in Mountain Iron.
The groundbreaking ceremony was a success with members, anchors, board members, staff, political, and community leaders in attendance. There were many notable speakers highlighting the importance of the project in the region. U.S. Senator Al Franken and a representative from U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar's office were on hand to talk about broadband in northeastern Minnesota. Local legislators including Senator David Tomassoni, Representative Tom Rukavina, and Representative Carly Melin discussed the importance of this project on improving technology in the schools and the region. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) representive Mike Monson addressed the impact of the stimulus program. NESC Executive Director Paul Brinkman thanked those who helped bring this project to the region. Project Manager Lyle MacVey of NESC spoke to the importance of broadband. Rhonda Lutzke, Senior Vice President and General Manager, MN, WI, IA, and NE, for Frontier Communications, said that Frontier Communications has signed a letter of intent to work toward a contract with the NESC for use of fiber.
To view the news release that went prior to the ceremony, click here.
To view the agenda, from the event, click here.
To view the news release about the Frontier letter of intent, click here.
Project Manager Lyle MacVey of NESC tells attendees that the Northeast Minnesota Middle Mile Fiber Project will serve critical service sites across eight counties.
NESC Executive Director Paul Brinkman speaks about the impact that broadband will have on the region.