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RELEASE: Rep. Baker Statement on State’s Historic Broadband Investment

Thursday, December 8, 2022

St. Paul, MN—Rep. Dave Baker, R-Willmar, issued the following statement today regarding news that 61 broadband expansion projects around Minnesota will receive $99.6 million in grants from the state’s Border-to-Border Broadband program. Baker has long been a vocal advocate for expanded broadband access for communities throughout Minnesota.

“From day one, I have been a strong supporter of increased broadband funding for communities in Greater Minnesota,” said Baker. “Improved internet access means more opportunities for families, businesses, and students around the state. In 2022, it is critically important that Minnesotans can enjoy a fast and stable internet connection no matter where they live. Today’s news is an important step in making that a reality, including here in Kandiyohi County.”

Kandiyohi County was among the grant recipients in today’s announcement with Federated Telephone Cooperative set to receive $4.9 million for broadband expansion in the area.

Baker continued, “I give a lot of credit to the Kandiyohi Broadband Task Force and their continued work on finding the best ways to expand this critical service to our county. Their leadership on this has been critical.”  

Last session, the Legislature appropriated $50 million for broadband expansion projects across Minnesota.