Greater Minnesota Broadband Collaborative Project
Consolidated Communications has expanded its middle mile fiber-optic network across greater Minnesota. Consolidated Communications connected health care facilities, schools, libraries, higher education institutions and public offices with an advanced high-capacity broadband network.
Grant Award and Investment
Award administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA).
Total Project Cost: $21.1 million
Consolidated Communications Investment: 30% or $6.3 million
NTIA Grant: $14.8 million
Includes two fiber builds:
- Minneapolis/St. Paul to Duluth/Superior
- Brainerd to Moorhead
The network provides middle-mile fiber laterals to serve partner sites.
The focus of the network development is on providing high-capacity, low cost Ethernet services. The expansion connects rural community anchor institutions throughout Minnesota.
- Network directly benefits collaborative partners; Mayo Clinic, University of Minnesota, State of Minnesota.
- Network provides access to affordable, high-capacity broadband services in rural Minnesota communities and creates new jobs.
- The network includes new fiber route miles connecting health care facilities, higher-education institutions, K-12 schools, libraries, public safety offices and state courts.
- This Minnesota project, led by a Minnesota-based company, created jobs here in Minnesota.
- Construction began in 2011 and was completed in 2013, on time and under budget.
- Statewide network connects 36 rural Minnesota communities in 23 counties.
- The fiber network delivers a minimum of 100 MB broadband Ethernet services to 74 community anchor institutions.
- More than 886,000 people living in 315,000 households have access to these low-cost, high-capacity broadband services.
- Over 74,000 small and medium size businesses in Minnesota have access to this network.