Grand Marais Wants Broadband to Open Doors but Not Wreck the Allure of Remoteness

by Jennifer Vogel, Minnesota Public Radio

Housed in a converted Baptist church in Grand Marais, Cook County Higher Education isn’t your typical community college.

It’s not accredited, first of all, nor does it have a staff of teachers or even many classrooms. In fact, most of its classes are taught somewhere else, Bemidji State University, for example, or Hibbing Community College. Students take the classes via Skype on the Internet or interactive television…

…According to a recent report by ConnectMinnesota, fewer than half the households in Cook County have access to internet download speeds of at least 3 megabits per second (discounting mobile wireless). This places Cook County third from the bottom among Minnesota’s 87 counties when it comes to connectivity…

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