“Sleeper Law” No. 10 — School districts can soon apply for Broadband Grant Program

“Sleeper Law” No. 10 — School districts can soon apply for Broadband Grant Program

By Denise Dittrich, MSBA Associate Director of Government Relations

The Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program was funded in the Jobs Article of the Omnibus Supplemental Budget Bill with one-time money of $20 million.

The grant program will be administered through the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Eligibility for the grant funds would be available to unserved and underserved areas of the state. The Office of Broadband Development is permitted to use up to 3 percent of the funds to continue broadband mapping in the state.

School districts are eligible to apply for the funds beginning in fiscal year 2015. Visit http://mn.gov/deed/programs-services/broadband/grant-program/index.jsp for more information.

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