Grant Award and Investment
Award administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA).
NTIA Grant: $16.8 million
Enventis Investment: 30% or $7.2 million
Total Network Cost: $24 million
Includes two fiber builds:
- Minneapolis/St. Paul to Duluth/Superior
- Brainerd to Moorhead
The network will be extended to provide middle-mile fiber laterals to serve partner sites.
Enventis plans to add 428 miles of new fiber construction to its greater than 3,250-mile fiber network. The focus of the network development is on providing high-capacity, low cost Ethernet services. The expansion will connect rural community anchor institutions throughout Minnesota.
- The network will directly benefit our collaborative partners at the Mayo Clinic, State of Minnesota, and University of Minnesota.
- The network will create new jobs and provide access to high-capacity, affordable broadband services in rural Minnesota communities.
- The network includes construction of 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, will create jobs here in Minnesota.
- Construction began in 2011 and will be completed within three years of the start date.
- Statewide network will connect 36 rural Minnesota communities in 23 counties.
- The fiber network will deliver a minimum of 100 MB broadband Ethernet services to 74 community anchor institutions.
- More than 886,000 people living in 315,000 households will have access to these low-cost, high-capacity broadband services.
- Over 74,000 small and medium size businesses in Minnesota will also have access to this network.