ROCHESTER, Minn. - About 20 percent of Minnesotans don't have access to minimal broadband service and many areas are unserved.
The 2017 Border-to-Border Broadband Infrastructure Grant is addressing the problem.
A little over $26 million is being given to communities for 39 different projects.
The grant will give unserved areas more reliable, dependable and faster internet services.
Lt. Governor Tina Smith said broadband internet access is a basic utility for the 21st century, not something that's just nice to have.
The hope is that this infrastructure will also have enonomic rewards in these underserved areas.