Rural Dunn and Barron County residents will get a big boost to their internet

Dunn County (WQOW) – Some local rural residents are getting a big boost when it comes to their internet speed. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $97 million to improve rural broadband infrastructure across the country. The Chibardun Telephone Cooperative Inc. in Cameron will receive $21 million of those funds.

The company told News 18 they will use the loan to improve service for 2700 homes in Barron and Dunn counties. 

John Govin, a local farmer who runs Govin’s Meats and Berries, said reliable broadband is important for day to day activities on his farm and helps him connect with consumers

"The daily market reports come on the internet, our weather reports come on the internet. When I work on equipment in the shop I look up parts manuals, that I used to have to go to the implement for, I look them up online now. It’s just a daily part of our life," Govin told News 18. 

Chibardun has already begun installing parts of the 675 miles worth of cable to bring service to their customers. 

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