We did it! The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development awarded Red River Communications a Border-to-Border Grant! Residents and businesses in “Rural Hawley” will soon enjoy the most reliable, high-speed internet.

This grant competed against roughly 60 other projects and was 1 of 24 that will receive funding. We are grateful to get to do what we do and excited to bring fiber optics to 54 unserved homes and businesses in our community!

Project Description:

This fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) broadband project is in Rural Hawley, located within Clay County, Minnesota. The FTTP project would provide 54 currently unserved locations with access to 2.5 Gbps symmetrical broadband with a capacity of 10 Gbps per location. The rural farm-centered community is located 27 miles east of the county seat of Moorhead, MN. Red River Rural Telephone Association is a progressive telecommunications Cooperative maintaining 2,400 miles of fiber with 4,700 customers. Clay County is committing $5,000 toward project costs.

“Fiber broadband is truly the backbone of a thriving economy, and with this project, Red River Communications is proud to be helping rural Hawley – in Clay County, Minnesota –  achieve these goals,” said Tom Steinolfson, CEO/General Manager at Red River Communications. “I want to thank the State of Minnesota and the DEED office for this grant opportunity, along with our funding partner, Clay County, Minnesota. Grant programs like Border-to-Border prove that Minnesota believes communities, such as rural Hawley, MN, deserve high-speed broadband access.”

To learn more about the program and see a complete list of grantees, CLICK HERE.