Carver County - CarverLink
CarverLink is Carver County Minnesota's (a SW Twin Cities Metro County) publicly owned broadband fiber optics network. CarverLink went live in 2013 and currently has ownership or use of approximately 600 plus miles of fiber throughout Carver County and the surrounding local area that is used to connect upwards of 260+ last mile public and community support locations.
CarverLink directly provides services to public entities and several community support organizations within Carver County, including the county, cities, public schools, a college, townships, housing and transit authorities, hospitals, and primary medical clinics. CarverLink provides these entities with "dark" fiber and "lit" fiber services in the form of Internet bandwidth.
In the private sector for businesses and residents, CarverLink does 'not' directly offer or provide fiber connectivity or internet service, but instead provides our fiber infrastructure that is used by the initial service provider in our network, Metronet (formerly Jaguar Communications), to provide services to businesses and residents of Carver County. CarverLink also oversees the availability of dark fiber within our network, which is available to qualified service providers or other entities using dark fiber for new opportunities (open access/open interconnect fiber). And through our open-access fiber, services are also available from Arvig.
The FCC recently made the Broadband map public. They are accepting challenges to the map. Residents and businesses must individually challenge the map.
The purpose of this State of Minnesota funded program is to award grants for the extension of existing broadband infrastructure to unserved locations.
This FCC program helps ensure that households can afford broadband for work, school, healthcare and more. The program offers discounted internet service to eligible households.
The Office of Broadband Development helps Minnesotans understand broadband options available and work together to improve availability and use of high speed broadband services.
Read about CarverLink in the press over the years and also find out information on various broadband efforts in the State and Nation
Carver County manages the right-of-way ordinance (ROW) to protect public safety, public interests, the reliability of its county highway system and dictates the appropriate use of the rights-of-way
Metronet construction updates website for cities in Carver County and throughout the entire Metronet service area.