Broadband Projects

Broadband Project Summary

Wright County was awarded grant funds from the federal government as part of a Federal Coronavirus Relief Package titled the American Rescue Plan (ARP). With these funds, Wright County has awarded grants to multiple internet service providers. The following chart shows a summary to date. 

Program Name# of Grants by Program
Grant Amount by Program
# of Passings by Program
2022 Wright County Grants11$1,995,3531,645
2022 Local Contributions for Border to Border Grants2$171,7001,050
2023 Local Contributions for Border to Border Grants3$1,996,0651,097
2023 Wright County Grants1$204,000113
Total17$4,366,8183,905

2022 Wright County Grants

In Spring 2022, the County awarded 11 grants to multiple internet service providers in the county, for a total of $1,925,353. With these grants, the County will help bring improved service to up to 1,645 homes and businesses. 

GrantGranteeLocationGrant Amount# of Passings
BB-002-01City of South HavenSouth Haven$137,443110
BB-002-02LTD BroadbandMiddleville Township$191,833105
BB-002-03LTD BroadbandStockholm Township$189,449117
BB-002-04LTD BroadbandVictor & Stockholm Townships$192,528109
BB-002-05Windstream LakedaleSouthside & French Lake Townships$323,859552
BB-002-06MidcoSilver Creek Township$239,000102
BB-002-07Meeker CooperativeStockholm Township$115,23839
BB-002-08LTD BroadbandMiddleville & Cokato Township$195,615301
BB-002-09LTD BroadbandVictor Township$198,661168
BB-002-10Meeker CooperativeFrench Lake Township$26,28917
BB-002-11Buffalo FiberBuffalo & Buffalo Township$185,13825

2022 Local Contributions for Border to Border Grants

The State of Minnesota operates the Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program, which funds the expansion of broadband service to areas of Minnesota that are unserved or underserved.  In 2022, Wright County offered local contributions for two successful grant applications, for a total amount of $171,700.  The projects will bring improved service to 1,050 homes and businesses. 

GrantGranteeLocation
Grant Amount# Passings 
BB-003-01Charter - SpectrumRockford, Franklin, Chatham, Woodland & Marysville Townships, Delano$106,700638
BB-003-02Charter - SpectrumRockford Township & St. Michael$65,000412


More information on the Border to Border program is available on the Office of Broadband Development's website. 

2023 Local Contributions for Border to Border Grants

In the 2023 grant round, Wright County offered local contributions for three successful grant applications, for a total amount of $1.996,065.  The projects will bring improved service to 1,097 homes and businesses.

GrantGranteeLocationGrant Amount# of Passings
BB-004-01Meeker CooperativeFrench Lake Township$776,192525
BB-004-02FrontierClearwater Township$780,000316
BB-004-03ArvigAlbion & Rockford Townships, St. Michael$439,873256

2023 Wright County Grant

In addition to the local contributions made during the 2023 Border to Border Grant round, Wright County committed an additional match to a project in Cokato Township, contingent upon the state awarding funds to the project in French Lake.  Since the French Lake project was successful, Meeker Cooperative will be moving forward with the Cokato Township project. 

GrantGranteeLocationGrant Amount# of Passings
BB-005-01Meeker CooperativeCokato Township$204,000113