This is an economic development initiative for the people and companies of Le Sueur County. The task force is a voluntary organization of county residents collaborating to improve Internet access for over three years. According to state broadband maps, it might be difficult for many residents to locate adequate Internet access if any at all. With this service, students can complete their schoolwork; small companies can communicate with clients and suppliers, farmers run less efficiently, house sales and construction lag, and telemedicine possibilities are limited.
The task force’s ultimate goal is to have fiber running to every doorstep in the county. However, topography, soil types, rivers, lakes and wetlands, and trees make this goal difficult to attain. So, while working with willing Internet providers, the task force is taking steps to provide broadband using a hybrid approach and employing fiber and wireless to reach as many addresses as possible. This is a multi-year effort.