Category Archives: Broadband

Reminder: FCC opening second application window for Emergency Connectivity Fund Program on September 28

The FCC recently announced that requests for $5.137 billion in funding to support 9.1 million connected devices and 5.4 million broadband connections were received during the Emergency Connectivity Fund Program’s initial filing window. The window, which closed August 13, 2021, attracted applicants from all … Continue reading

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FCC adding second application window for schools for Emergency Connectivity Fund Program

In view of outstanding demand and the recent spike in coronavirus cases, the FCC announced in a recent press release that they will open a second application filing window for schools and libraries to request funding from the roughly $2 billion in … Continue reading

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Apply for FCC Emergency Connectivity Fund through August 13

The FCC Emergency Connectivity Fund will open for application on June 29, 2021, and close on August 13, 2021. The purpose of this program is to help schools and libraries fund devices and wireless hot spots to provide improved access … Continue reading

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Three new broadband grants available through NTIA

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has provided the latest news about our three new grants – the Broadband Infrastructure Program, the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program, and the Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program. Broadband Infrastructure Program Now Available: Session … Continue reading

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Press release: FCC launches effort to close Homework Gap

On June 29, FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced schools and libraries can now begin to file applications for the $7.17 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund, the agency’s latest effort to connect Americans. Schools and libraries can apply for financial support … Continue reading

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Enrollment period open for Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. Eligible households can receive: Up to a $50/month discount on your broadband service and associated … Continue reading

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ConnectedMN offering grant opportunity to help with high-needs students’ digital learning

ConnectedMN is accepting applications for grants to bring tech devices, internet access, and digital learning support to students across the state. The grants are especially intended for communities most in need — including students who are people of color, students … Continue reading

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Report calls for equitable, reliable, robust broadband access for K-12 students

On November 6, 2019, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) — the principal membership association representing the U.S. state and territorial educational technology leaders — announced the release of “The Broadband Imperative III: Driving Connectivity, Access and Student Success.” … Continue reading

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State broadband task force members announced

Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan announced their appointments to the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband on Wednesday, October 9. The task force will put forward policies to help ensure every Minnesotan has access to high-speed broadband. Visit … Continue reading

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Webinars for broadband grant application process set for July 24-25

On Wednesday, July 24, and Thursday, July 25, the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development will host a series of three webinar/WebEx toll-free calls to support the 2019 broadband grant application process and to answer potential applicant questions. This webinar will … Continue reading

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