Lake County broadband troubles

The biggest single award to Minnesota under the federal stimulus broadband program just went back to Square One when Lake County decided to drop the consultant that had been expected to set up and manage it.

The plan is still to deliver fiber optic cable to every home in Lake County and some in St. Louis County, but prospects look rockier than they did.

Check out MPR News reporter Bob Kelleher’s report for details.

I suggested a while back that Lake and Cook counties would be interesting to watch. Both received stimulus awards to lay fiber in the remote north woods. Lake County will own its project and hire someone to manage it. In Cook County, Arrowhead Electric Cooperative will own it and work with a partner to run it.

It’s always useful to track Blandin on Broadband on these developments, too.

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