NU-Telecom launches Hanska broadband project

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Pictured at the project launch that was recently held in rural Hanska are, from left, front row, Bill Otis (NU-Telecom), state Rep. Paul Torkelson (R-Hanska), Barb Bornhoft (NU-Telecom), Jane Leonard (DEED/OBD); back row, Steve Morasch (NU-Telecom), Kathy Lund (NU-Telecom), Mark Mrla (Finley Engineering), Monty Morrow (NU-Telecom) and Craig Anderson (NU-Telecom).

Submitted photo Pictured at the project launch that was recently held in rural Hanska are, from left, front row, Bill Otis (NU-Telecom), state Rep. Paul Torkelson (R-Hanska), Barb Bornhoft (NU-Telecom), Jane Leonard (DEED/OBD); back row, Steve Morasch (NU-Telecom), Kathy Lund (NU-Telecom), Mark Mrla (Finley Engineering), Monty Morrow (NU-Telecom) and Craig Anderson (NU-Telecom).

NEW ULM — NU-Telecom recently celebrated the launch of one of its 2017 broadband development projects, made possible by a grant awarded by The Minnesota State Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). NU-Telecom received three of the 42 grants announced by Lt. Governor Tina Smith earlier this year.

NU-Telecom received $200,397, roughly 45 percent of the $445,326 project, to build fiber connections to 46 homes and businesses in the rural area of Hanska, an area previously designated as unserved and an underserved area. NU-Telecom received two additional grants in the rural areas of Bellechester and Mazeppa, MN. President and CEO Bill Otis stressed the significance of reliable broadband in rural communities.

“NU-Telecom understands how important it is for these areas to have access to technology and information resources,” he said. “The grants allow us to improve the infrastructure so these rural areas of communities can have access to the higher speeds necessary for them to grow and thrive.”

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