Paul Bunyan Communications is one of 39 recipients of border-to-border broadband grants.
“As we look to promoting economic recovery from the pandemic, these grants help ensure that every Minnesotan can participate in building back our state’s economy even stronger,” said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove.
“We want to be a model state for innovation – and having reliable, high-speed internet access is fundamental to that goal.”
According to a release from Gov. Tim Walz’s office, Paul Bunyan Communications will improve high-speed broadband for over 300 unserved and underserved location in the town of Cook in St. Louis County.
The awarded grant was for $311,000 with the total project cost nearly $700,000.
Over $20 million in grants were announced for the projects, which are also funded by local matches.
“The pandemic this past year has made it crystal clear that fast, reliable broadband access is critical for people living in Greater Minnesota – for everything from education and health care to business operations and telecommuting,” said Walz.
“These grants continue this vitally important work toward our goal of ensuring that every Minnesotan has high-speed internet access by 2022.”