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2009 Stimulus - NESC Middle Mile Fiber Project
On June 24, 2009, the Northeast Service Cooperative board formally approved the development of both a grant and loan application to extend fiber and other broadband technologies to critical service and under/unserved areas in northeast Minnesota.
The project will entail interconnecting approximately 85 communities across the region with a fiber backbone and deploying other current technologies, such as VDLS2 and WiMax, to reach beyond the fiber path to under and unserved areas.
The project will be funded entirely using existing public sector funding and will provide opportunities for the private sector to further improve broadband connectivity.
The NESC successfully submitted a federal grant/loan proposal on August 20, 2009.
On March 23, 2010 the USDA published a news release publicly announcing the award of funding for NESC's Northeast Middle Mile Fiber Project.