Friday, October 24, 2008

High Speed Internet Comes To Central Minnesota

A federally-backed loan will help improve phone and internet service in Cental Minnesota. Congressman Jim Oberstar announced that the US Rural Development Administration has approved a loan of $22.2 million dollars to the West Central Telephone Association. West Central Telephone will use the funds to connect new subscribers, lay 44 miles of new phone and fiber optic cables and purchase modern switching equipment that will improve the speed and efficiency of services to subscibers. The company serves homes and businesses in Becker, Otter Tail, Todd, Cass, Hubbard and Wadena Counties. According to Oberstar, broadband internet technology allows businesses in rural MInnesota to sell goods and services around the world. Projects like this one ensure that the information super-highway runs through rural America and not just big cities.

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