CARVER COUNTY, MN – Tuesday’s kick-off ceremony for the Carver County Open Fiber Initiative (CCOFI) was a historic event, according to Carver County Board Chair Randy Maluchnik, because it was the first event in the county that was attended by two US senators.
US Senator Amy Klobuchar, US Senator Al Franken spoke during the groundbreaking ceremony for the the 122-mile high-speed fiber optic network that will connect city, county, school, and other public facilities throughout all 11 communities in Carver County.
The event took place at the Carver County Public Works Facility in Cologne.
Carver County applied for and has received nearly $6 million in federal stimulus grant funds for the project. The county will provide nearly $1.5 million in funding for the project, which is the required 20 percent match of the total project cost of approximately $7.5 million.