A partnership between the state of Minnesota, Sherburne County and Palmer Wireless will expand high-speed internet service to more unserved county residents. The Department of Employment and Economic Development has awarded another Border to Border Broadband grant to Palmer Wireless.
The $110,661 grant, in conjunction with a local match from Sherburne County, will allow high-speed internet to serve 32 more homes and businesses and the Haven Town Hall.
This project supports customers that border Sherburne County Road 3 between county roads 7 and 20. That is just south of St. Cloud Regional Airport and east of Highway 10. The project will connect to an existing Palmer Wireless network that is being built as a result of the 2016 Border to Border St. Cloud Airport project.
Most of the locations in this area are rural homes, farms and businesses with large open spaces
“Easy access to reliable, cost-effective internet service has become a facilitator of economic growth. This partnership will bring improved broadband services to several businesses, homes and farms within our community,” said Dan Weber, assistant county administrator.
The county partnered with Palmer Wireless in the form of a $135,253 interest-free loan to help fund the project. The county has been installing the necessary conduit needed for the fiber in conjunction with highway improvement projects.
“We are able to provide cost efficiencies by placing conduit in the ground at the same time we reconstruct a county road,” said Andrew Witter, director of public works.