Source: Office of Broadband Development
Lt. Governor Tina Smith and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced the 2017 Border-to-Border Broadband Grant recipients on November 21, bringing an early Thanksgiving to 39 broadband infrastructure projects that will provide 9,973 households, 2,169 businesses, and 60 community institutions across Minnesota access to reliable, affordable high-speed Internet.
The grants total $26 million and project construction needs to be completed by June, 2020.
The funding comes from a combination of $20 million approved during the 2017 legislative session, plus carryover from previous grant rounds. It goes to broadband providers and communities to build out wireline and fixed wireless broadband infrastructure to Greater Minnesota.
DEED’s ability to offer the grant program in 2018 will depend on whether the state legislature appropriates funding during the 2018 session.