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Jackson County receives $7 million for rural internet

Rural areas around Heron Lake and Okabena, and other parts of northwestern Jackson County received good news last week as a $7 million state grant was awarded for rural internet improvement.

The project involves 480 households, businesses, and farms, installing 251 miles of fiber, and the grant to Federated Rural Electric/Broadband in Jackson has a two-year time frame, so work to procure materials and find contractors will begin soon.

“We’re ecstatic about the opportunity to serve rural Jackson County with fiber to the premises, delivering one gigabyte per second upload and down,” stated Scott Reimer, Federated’s general manager.

For more details on this story, please see the July 12 edition of the Citizen.

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