Garden Valley Technologies has been awarded a Border-to-Border Broadband/Low Density Grant from the State of Minnesota through the DEED Office of Broadband Development. This grant will assist in a broadband build to rural East Grand Forks and is part of the new Low-Population Density Program and is the last mile Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) project. 

Residents and businesses in this area expressed support for GVT’s Border-to-Border Grant application, which gives GVT the opportunity to offer rural East Grand Forks Internet access. This underserved area needs fast, reliable Internet service to help residents progress, especially as technology continues to advance around them. 

This particular grant funds up to 75% of the eligible project costs to help providers build out broadband infrastructure in some of the more remote or costly-to-serve areas of the state. This assistance is critical when it comes to plowing state-of-the-art fiber optic cable to the homes in such a rural area. It will allow these residences to have access to Internet speeds up to 6 Gbps, local phone service and digital video services, which includes over 200 channels. 

“This is exciting news, and I would like to thank the Office of Broadband and the State of Minnesota for this grant opportunity,” said Timothy Brinkman, CEO/General Manager at Garden Valley Technologies. “Grants like these make it possible to build out broadband in highly rural environments.” 

The Border-to-Border Broadband project for rural East Grand Forks will bring service to 80 unserved and underserved locations which include 49 residential households, 2 businesses, 26 farms and 3 community institutions in northwest Minnestoa. The total project cost of $1,400,620 million will be financed by the $1,050,465 million Minnesota border-to-border broadband grant with the remaining costs covered by Garden Valley Technologies. The project is expected to finish with installation of subscribers in 2026 and will cover 48 square miles. Residents living in the area will receive communication from GVT on next steps in the project. 

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