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Fond du Lac Band breaks ground on broadband network

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A major grant is helping connect the Fond du Lac Reservation with high speed internet access.

Tribal leaders broke ground Thursday on an $8 million dollar project linking 900 homes to broadband service. 

The fiber network is possible thanks in part to two $3 million grants from the US Department of Agriculture. 

Once complete, the network will offer high speed internet, video and voice similar to what's available in most cities.

"This project means a lot to the community because it provides access to everyone that lives on the reservation," said Jason Hollinday, planning director for the Fond du Lac Band. There is a small section towards the middle that isn't included in this project area, but for everyone else, around 1,000 households, they'll have the ability to connect to the system."

The Fond du Lac band is matching up to $2.2 million to complete the project.

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