The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced on Monday grants totaling $19.4 million to help 17 entities in Minnesota develop broadband infrastructure in their communities. The awards will help serve 6,095 households, 83 community institutions and 150 businesses in unserved or underserved regions of the state.
DEED awarded the funding from its Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program, which Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law in May 2014. The grants will provide up to 50 percent of the cost of developing broadband for improved high-speed Internet in communities across the state.