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Thursday, June 13, 2024

County OKs broadband study

Cottonwood County took the first step toward addressing a major utility need in rural parts of the county.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Cottonwood County Commissioners authorized the county enter into a feasibility study with Finley Engineering to develop broadband access throughout the county.

Chris Konechne from Finley noted that broadband access is rapidly becoming the next frontier when it comes to necessary utilities. Konnechne noted Cottonwood County ranks 70th in the state when it comes to rural broadband access.

Commissioner Larry Anderson said there are currently about nine different providers in the county.

“I can’t think of anything we can do as a board that could affect our constituents more right now,” Anderson said.

The board unanimously approved the feasibility study and appointed Anderson and Norm Holmen to form a local committee to assist.

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