|By Business Wire||
|September 16, 2013 10:18 AM EDT||
Enventis, a subsidiary of HickoryTech (Nasdaq: HTCO) announces the completion of its Greater Minnesota Broadband Collaborative Project, which extended its fiber network to connect to health care facilities, schools, libraries, higher education institutions and public offices with an advanced high-capacity broadband network.
“We are pleased to have completed the Greater Minnesota Broadband Collaborative Project on time and under budget,” said John Finke, president and chief executive officer of HickoryTech. “We’re now able to provide rural communities across Minnesota with broadband infrastructure enabling telemedicine, economic development opportunities and improved connectivity to state and local government offices.”
Enventis received a grant administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) for this project. The company invested approximately $6.3 million or 30 percent of the $21 million project over a three-year period to build the fiber optic network, completing the project on time and under budget.
Enventis built approximately 430 fiber route miles across northern Minnesota, connecting the network to its existing statewide fiber network. The project also directly connects community anchor institutions of Enventis’ collaborative partners, including Mayo Clinic and the State of Minnesota Office of Enterprise Technology (OET), enabling high-capacity fiber services and applications.
“In today’s 21st-century economy, access to high-speed Internet is essential – it means innovative health care services, connected classrooms and libraries, and competitive businesses,” said Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Senator. “This partnership will help bring broadband to over 36 communities in 23 counties, helping to drive economic development and strengthen our state.”
For more information, visit www.enventis.com.
HickoryTech Corporation is a leading communications provider serving business and residential customers in the upper Midwest. With headquarters in Mankato, Minn., HickoryTech has 500 employees and a five-state fiber network spanning more than 4,100 route miles across Minnesota and into Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Enventis provides business IP voice, data and video solutions, MPLS networking, data center and managed hosted services and communication systems. HickoryTech delivers broadband Internet, Digital TV, voice and data services to businesses and consumers in southern Minnesota and northwest Iowa. The Company trades on the NASDAQ, symbol: HTCO. For more information, visit www.hickorytech.com.