Category Archives: Broadband

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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Blandin Foundation hosting broadband webinar on July 19

The Blandin Foundation is hosting its next Blandin Community Broadband Program (BCBP) Webinar at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 19. The webinar topic is “Leveraging Federal CAF II Dollars to Bring World-Class Broadband to your Community.” Click here to access registration for … Continue reading

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Broadband Task Force recommends more funding for broadband grant program

The Governor’s Task Force on Broadband recently released its 2017 Annual Report. The report highlighted the work of the Broadband Task Force and included policy recommendations for the governor and Legislature. The task force has studied issues related to broadband … Continue reading

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