Sherburne County Commissioners approved a $1.5 million grant program to expand broadband service to unserved and underserved areas of the county.
The money will help bring reliable, affordable high-speed internet to more Sherburne County households and businesses, with the funds coming from the America Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
The grants will be awarded to service providers for eligible projects that provide service designed to reliably meet or exceed a symmetrical 100 Mbps download and upload speeds or, where symmetrical 100 Mbps speeds are not practicable, 100 Mbps download and at least 20 Mbps upload speeds.
“Investing in broadband is a County Board priority that creates opportunities to boost growth and prosperity throughout Sherburne County,” said County Board Chair Barbara Burandt.
In order to be eligible for grant funds, all projects must be substantially completed on or before Dec. 31, 2024.
Sherburne County will accept applications for Broadband Access Grants through Sept. 30, 2022. Interested parties can find a link to the application at the county’s website: www.co.sherburne.mn.us.