9/7/2017 4:31:00 PM Broadband services issues being taken up in Fish Lk. now
The next local township where broadband service infrastructure might be expanded and improved, looks to be Fish Lake. The county’s EDA/HRA is working with township officials and broadband advisors to put together an Internet infrastructure project funding plan that could be paid-off within property taxes.
Chisago County Housing and Redevelopment and Economic Development Director, Nancy Hoffman, reported to Board members the township would be doing a survey prior to going too deeply into a plan.
Township Clerk Andrea Nekowitsch tells the Press survey notice of availability went out September 1-- but the deadline to apply for border-to-border broadband grant funding from the state has a deadline of September 11. This does not leave the township much time for research and notice, she added.
The survey describes the potential for access to fiber Internet service and guages residents’ interest.
The clerk said she convened a preliminary Internet service enhancement meeting and only using the township website and Facebook and with only two days’ notice a number of people showed up to hear from CenturyLink and the township chair. “The takeaway from that meeting is there are residents who want better more afordable, more reliable Internet.”
Broadband service (upload and download speeds and data capacity) was recently improved for a large portion of Sunrise Township parcels, in a broadband service enhancement effort spearheaded by a petition of township residents. There was a Subordinate Service District created, so taxes could be applied, along the lines of the service territory of CenturyLink. The township won a MN Dept of Employment and Economic Development grant that funded about half the costs.