City of Lake Shore Broadband
The Broadband Committee meets as needed. Meetings may be held via conference call or video conference.
The goal of this adhoc committee is to fulfill the goal of equal broadband access for all Lake Shore property owners.
Current Activity: Speed Test and Usage Survey
Grant Application Seeks to Expand Broadband Access
Spectrum/Charter, in conjunction with the City of Lake Shore, has submitted a Minnesota Border To Border Broadband Development grant (link to https://mn.gov/deed/programs-services/broadband/grant-program/) application. The project, if approved, will expand broadband access to an additional 180 households in the City. The build out is designed for 3 specific areas:
northern tier (between Cty Rd 29 and 72nd street, east of Cty Rd 78)
central tier (west side of Lake Margaret – bordered by Cty Rd 78 and Cty Rd 107)
southern tier (north, east and west of Agate Lake)
Lake Shore has committed to investing $230,000 for this project. Grant awards should be known by Jan 2021, and work would be completed by Dec 2022.
After this project is completed, it is estimated that approximately 50 property owners will still lack affordable access to broadband. The Committee is looking into options for these remaining residents.
StarLink is a new satellite based service that is expected to launch in Northern U.S. and Canada in late 2020, and rapidly expand to near global coverage of the populated world by 2021. StarLink’s technology is anticipated to far surpass that of traditional satellite internet, and not be restricted by the traditional ground infrastructure limitations of current satellites. Starlink anticipates delivering high speed broadband internet to locations where access has been unreliable, expensive, or completely unavailable. Help Lake Shore residents gain access to this new offering by signing up for updates on service availability to show our community is interested in having another viable broadband option for residents – visit www.StarLink.com. Once launched, StarLink will provide price and service competition to existing providers ensuring a robust and competitive marketplace.
State of Minnesota
Testing your speed (MN DEED’s office of Broadband Development) -- https://mn.gov/deed/programs-services/broadband/checkspeedmn/
Broadband Availability map -- https://mn.gov/deed/programs-services/broadband/maps/general-maps.jsp
Types of Internet Services (FCC) -- https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/getting-broadband-qa
Broadband Speed Guide (FCC) -- https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/broadband-speed-guide
Household Usage Guide (FCC) -- https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/household-broadband-guide
Considerations in Service, An overview (FCC) -- https://www.fcc.gov/research-reports/guides/broadband-service-home-consumers-guide
Broadband & Internet Consumer Guides (FCC) -- https://www.fcc.gov/general/broadband-and-internet-guides