Congressman Pete Stauber joined United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Tuesday, Oct. 20, in announcing a $3 million ReConnect Grant to help deploy high-speed internet in Morrison County, according to a news release.
The grant awardee, Consolidated Telephone Company, will use the grant to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises network, which will connect 819 people, 34 businesses and 25 farms to high-speed internet.
“With the arrival of COVID-19, access to quick and reliable broadband has become more important than ever,” Stauber said in a news release. “While some have seamlessly transitioned to telework, telelearning, and telehealth, unfortunately, too many in our rural communities are struggling to keep up. As the Representative of a largely rural area, I have long fought for the deployment of broadband to our rural communities and I am thankful to Secretary Perdue for making this critical investment in Minnesota’s Eighth Congressional District. I am certain that these funds will help many of our families prosper and ensure our economy gets back on track.”