7/25/2019 3:39:00 PM CL Township exploring broadband with survey
Chisago Lake Township residents are urged to participate in an on-line survey about Internet service. They’ll see a reminder mailed to their homes and businesses, and the local Internet improvement group is hoping to have the surveys completed as soon as possible. If you missed your reminder card, the survey is at www.goctc.com/chisago.
The survey needs several hundred responses in order to be statistically useful in applying for grants, according to County Commissioner Chris DuBose, who is active in this effort.
Chisago Lake Township leaders ask that if you don’t have a computer or Internet, to please visit the Chisago Lakes Area Library and do the survey on-line there. It’s very important to not leave anyone out. Sherry Stirling, Town Supervisor, is available to field questions, 257-0827.
The state’s Border to Border economic development program has been funded by the legislature and is meant for assisting in installing Internet systems in regions where companies can’t justify the expense, and the goal is to apply for Border to Border assistance.
The townships of Franconia and Lent are also at various stages in broadband information gathering and gauging residents’ interests in improving Internet to their homes. Chisago Lake and Franconia are working with the same Internet service provider, CTC, a telecommunications provider out of Brainer. Lent Township has a more complex situation with multiple Internet service territories.
Many parts of Chisago County are un-served. (See map.) There have already been two grant funding applications submitted by Fish Lake and Sunrise townships. They are seeing enhancements in available Internet capacity and speed through projects partial property and state aid funded. One township borrowed and spread costs over the whole township, and one created a subordinate service district covering a portion of the township to collect revenue.
~ Chisago Lake Township Board hopes surveys responses come in swiftly. The Board is tentatively planning to meet August 13 in special session to review survey responses and discuss the funding application process.