RS Fiber Broadband Initiative Gains Momentum in Rural and Agro Minnesota

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RS Fiber Broadband Initiative Gains Momentum in Rural and Agro Minnesota

KEYC – Mankato News

A co-op out of Winthrop is gaining momentum in their initiative to provide fiber-optic broadband service in rural Minnesota.

The RS Fiber Board in collaboration with Hiawatha Broadband Communications in Winona will provide affordable fiber-optic broadband service in ten communities and 17 townships in Renville, Nicollet and Sibley County.

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RS Fiber Broadband Initiative Gaining Momentum

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RS Fiber Cooperative Press Release

The RS Fiber Cooperative fiber optic broadband initiative will begin offering services to select areas as soon as 2015. According to RS Fiber Board Chair Mark Brandt, the collaboration with Hiawatha Broadband Communications (HBC), Winona, Minn., has made the expedited service possible.

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RS Fiber Broadband Initiative Moving Forward

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RS Fiber Cooperative Press Release

The RS Fiber Cooperative fiber optic broadband initiative is moving forward. RS Fiber’s Board of Directors recently endorsed an updated business plan and financing strategy.

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RS Fiber Cooperative

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RS Fiber Cooperative
Jake Rieke, RS Fiber Co-op Board Member

Jake Rieke has a guest editorial in the Renville-Sibley Co-op Power’s Newsletter:
“My farm was homesteaded in 1862 and my reasons for supporting the RS Fiber project are no different than my ancestors supporting the constructions of roads, drainage ditches and rural schoolhouses. I want my family to have access to the same educational and technological opportunities as those in the city. And I’m concerned with my ability to effectively operate my farm far into the 21st Century, particularly when farming relies on cutting edge technology now more than ever before in history.”

Read Jake’s entire article on page 2 of the PDF

Broadband and Mobile Devices in Minnesota Education

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Broadband and Mobile Devices in Minnesota Education
Connect Minnesota

Broadband and mobile technologies open up a world of opportunities for students and educators. Teachers can take lessons beyond the classroom walls, and students can use laptop or tablet computers to learn from anywhere they can access the Internet. Because of the opportunities that broadband-connected devices can bring to students, many schools are making sure that their students can go online by providing them with laptop or tablet computers.

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Catching up with the RS Fiber Coop in Minnesota

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Catching up with the RS Fiber Coop in Minnesota
Community Broadband Networks Initiative, Christopher Mitchell

Today, we interview Coop Vice-Chair Cindy Gerholz and Winthrop Town Manager Mark Erickson to get an update on the fiber-to-the-farm project. The Renville-Sibley Fiber project has transitioned from a municipal project to a cooperative. Local towns and a sizeable majority of townships will together issue an economic development bond to provide seed capital to the coop.

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