Category Archives: Broadband

Broadband task force observes benefits of high-speed access during Rock County tour

The Governor’s Task Force on Broadband took a field trip Wednesday, June 28, to witness the positive impact high-speed Internet access is having on Rock County. Denise Dittrich represents MSBA members on the Task Force. Several communities within rural Rock … Continue reading

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Broadband grant application period opens July 3

Source: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Office of Broadband Development, will be soliciting proposals from qualified organizations for Minnesota Border to Border Broadband Development Grants. The grant application period … Continue reading

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Twelve Minnesota school districts receive grants to expand wireless Internet access

Source: Office of Governor Mark Dayton & Lt. Governor Tina Smith Lt. Governor Tina Smith and Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius announced Thursday new state grants that will help 12 school districts provide students with the high-speed Internet connections needed … Continue reading

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Task force calls for full funding for Telecommunications Access Equity Aid

The Governor’s Task Force on Broadband recently released its 2016 Annual Report. MSBA’s Denise Dittrich is a member of the Governor’s Task Force. “I am pleased to present the 2016 report, which includes the recommendation to fully fund the Telecommunications … Continue reading

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Solutions for the broadband affordability gap in Minnesota schools

By Marc Johnson, East Central Minnesota Educational Cable Cooperative (ECMECC) Recently, the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband met to discuss the issue of broadband affordability. We still have a problem in our state with availability of quality, high-speed broadband — … Continue reading

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Applications for broadband grants, updated broadband maps now available

Source: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) The 2016 period for broadband grant applications opened on July 22 for $35 million in state funding to expand broadband infrastructure in Minnesota. Applications for the new funding will be accepted through … Continue reading

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Gov. Dayton signs supplemental budget bill

Source: Office of Gov. Mark Dayton Gov. Mark Dayton today signed the supplemental budget bill (Chapter 189, HF2749) which will begin to establish voluntary prekindergarten for all Minnesota children, continue the expansion of broadband internet access in Greater Minnesota, and … Continue reading

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