NewCore Wireless Completes Fiber Project for Palmer Wireless

  • Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant
  • NewCore Wireless
  • Palmer Wireless
ST. CLOUD, MN — NewCore Wireless, a wireless provider in St. Cloud, and Palmer Wireless, a Central Minnesota communications company, announced they have completed one of the State of Minnesota’s first Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant fiber projects. The project was awarded to Palmer Wireless at the end of 2014 by the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development, an arm of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

The grant focused on delivering broadband to businesses in Becker, Minn., bringing service to 21 underserved businesses in the Becker Industrial Park and 12 vacant city-owned lots covering 70 acres in the Becker community. One of the vacant lots is the future site of the Northstar Commuter Rail. Palmer Wireless partnered with NewCore Wireless, the leading full-service hosted switching and services provider, for engineering and construction services.

“We are pleased to have completed such an important project on time and in budget,” said Laura Kangas of Palmer Wireless. “We are a locally owned and operated business and proud to be part of the local communities we serve. The Border-to-Border grant addressed 50 percent of the project’s needs, and Palmer Wireless invested the remaining $175,000 towards this project. The end result has been a great success for our community; without the Border-to-Border grant the project would not have been feasible.”

Despite this progress, a 2016 study found that nearly 60 percent of all businesses in Sherburne County would like faster internet connections than are currently available to them. In addition, nearly four in ten businesses in the county believe slow speeds put them at a competitive disadvantage. To help businesses and families like those in Sherburne County all across Minnesota, Governor Dayton and Lt. Governor Smith have proposed a $100 million state investment to expand rural broadband internet access this year. This funding would leverage additional local and private resources to significantly expand access across Minnesota.

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