The Minnesota State Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced Nuvera will receive 5 of the 39 matching state grants offered this year for broadband development.
A total of $20,645,425 was awarded by DEED with the aim of fostering strong public-private partnerships providing reliable, affordable high-speed Internet to more than 6,922 businesses, homes and community institutions throughout the state.
Nuvera was awarded $1,918,037 and is matching an additional $3,501,580, for a total of $5,419,617 in local community investments. The complete projects include: $1,520,662 for Goodhue West – Goodhue and Wabasha County townships of Goodhue, Zumbrota, Minneola, Belle Creek and Chester; $1,269,675 for New Ulm – North of New Ulm in Nicollet County; $1,232,171 for Webster Rural – Rice, Dakota and Scott County townships of Wheatland, Webster, Eureka, Greenvale, New Market and Cedar Lake; $973,686 for Goodhue Welch – South of Welch in Goodhue County; and $423,423 for Hutchinson SE – Near Hutchinson in rural McLeod County.
President and CEO Glenn Zerbe confirmed the projects will be scheduled in the spring of 2021. “We are very pleased to be awarded all five grants, especially in a time when staying connected has never been more important,” he said. “The grants will be utilized to extend our network and bring reliable, affordable broadband services to customers in these areas, providing Gigabit speeds via fiber-to-the home exceeding 2026 state speed goals.”
Nuvera already had ambitious 2021 plans to extend fiber to homes and businesses in New Ulm, Scott/Rice Counties and Hutchinson at a record pace. In addition, Nuvera will begin offering the latest 5G Fixed Wireless technology from at least a dozen towers around Minnesota serving both our traditional customers and those adjacent to our service areas. “This record level of investment builds upon our prior years progress in both New Ulm and Prior Lake,” stated Zerbe. “These efforts will help to meet the demands of our customers’ increasing broadband needs now and into the future.”