Swift County


Swift County

Federated Telephone, who has received national recognition for their sustained excellence in service delivery and business transformation due to their Fiber-to-the-Premise deployments with an infrastructure that essentially knows no limits, has been awarded a Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant from the State of Minnesota.

Through this program, Federated Telephone will receive up to $4.95 Million in grant dollars, and will provide a 60% match in funding to build out unserved areas of Swift County. Federated and Swift County are working together to secure the funding for the match, making it possible for Federated to apply for and receive the State Grant.

Construction of the new Fiber-to-the-Premise network is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2016. Unserved areas are defined as those areas who do not have access to a wireline Internet connection of at least 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload. This project will include the communities of De Graff, Swift Falls and the rural parts of eastern Swift County.

Areas within Swift County that have been identified as sufficiently served and do not qualify for construction funding under the terms of the Border-to-Border Grant are the Appleton, Benson, Clontarf, Kerkhoven and Murdock communities.

The project will help support job creation and economic prosperity throughout the county delivering high-speed Internet service to 600 households, 425 businesses and 75 community institutions.

Federated Telephone Cooperative has demonstrated 19 years of successful Fiber-to-the-Premise deployments, covering approximately 1,100 square miles, 1,800 miles of fiber cable and serving 3,900 subscribers.

Consumers are familiar with the terms “cable modem” and “digital subscriber line” (DSL); but the highest quality and fastest Internet connection is provided with Fiber-to-the-Premise technology. Federated Telephone has invested in the communities they serve and has constructed a complete fiber network for their members. Readers who are familiar with telecommunication services may be wondering if they are reading this correctly - that residents in rural west central Minnesota have access to this superior technology. The answer is yes! Federated Telephone members have a technology that is second to none.

Nationwide, telecommunication consumers are demanding higher speed access to the Internet. However, the download speed isn’t the only exciting part of having a fiber Internet connection, upload speeds are a very important part of Internet usage as well. Upload speeds are the speeds at which you can upload information to the Internet. If you use Skype, Facetime, online gaming, picture sharing or online computer back up sites then upload speeds are a key part of your Internet experience. When residents bundle their phone and Internet with Federated Telephone, they receive a minimum of 20M symmetrical fiber fast Internet services.

Federated Telephone’s goal is to provide their members with an outstanding service experience while leading them through the evolution of technology. “Federated Telephone is pleased that Swift County has recognized that we are a leader in providing advanced communication services in West Central Minnesota”, said Kevin Beyer, General Manager of Federated Telephone Cooperative. Beyer continued “And now Federated Telephone is excited to work with Swift County, who will help provide the additional funding that will allow us to expand our service territory to our friends and neighbors in Swift County with a fiber to the premise network that provides the highest level of communication services available”.

Federated will hold Open House informational meetings in March which will allow residents and business owners in Swift County an opportunity to learn more about this project and how they can benefit from the new fiber network. Property owners are also encouraged to attend to ask questions about the construction process.


Please Print & Return the Form Below

Please print and return the form below to allow Federated Telephone to construct our network to your location. This does not obligate you to take our services. It just gives you options for the future. Please mail the forms to: Federated Telephone PO Box 156 Chokio, MN 56221 or email the completed forms to emailftc@fedtel.net.