Dodge Center awarded $3.1M grant to help bring high-speed fiber internet to residents

(ABC 6 News) – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced the 2021 Minnesota Community Development Block Grant COVID-19 (CDBG-CV) recipients.

The City of Dodge Center, in partnership with KMTelecom, has been awarded a $3,142,747 grant from the CDBG-CV program to help bring high-speed fiber internet to unserved residents within the city.

Overall, CDBG-CV grants total $37,600,868 as authorized by the United States’ Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to respond to the effects of the pandemic.

Dodge Center is one of 14 Minnesota communities that have been awarded grant money.

KMTelecom is also investing an additional $1 million to help fund the fiber build with construction expected to begin in the Spring of 2023.

The project will bring high-speed internet with speeds up to 1 Gb (gigabit) to all residents and businesses within Dodge Center city limits.

To learn more about the Small Cities Coronavirus Program and other communities receiving grant money, CLICK HERE.