Applications for broadband grants, updated broadband maps now available

Applications for broadband grants, updated broadband maps now available

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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 October 3 through the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

More details about the program and the process for applying, including the application document and the FAQs, are available here on the DEED website. Interactive maps to help determine unserved and underserved eligibility, and low income areas designation, are available at the broadband maps web link.

Individual county maps are available on the DEED website. Scroll down to “County Maps” and click on “2016 State Infrastructure Grant – Unserved and Underserved Areas.”

See the separate story below for more information on the maps, which are useful in preparing applications.

And if you missed the 2016 Grant Program Webinars held in late June and early July that explained the grant program and process, here is the Streaming recording link.  The webinar actually starts at around 6 minutes into the recording. Note: the WebEx ARF player is required to playback the recording. Click here to download the ARF player.

BROADBAND MAPS:  Many mapping and data tools reside on the Office of Broadband Development’s Maps & Data webpage, including the newly updated interactive map and individual county maps that among other things, help determine if areas of a proposed broadband development project might be grant eligible under the criteria of the 2016 Border-to-Border Broadband Grant Program.

The interactive maps show the currently unserved and underserved areas of the state. After entering a location, you can access the maps by clicking on “Maps/Data” at the top of the page and then “Access” on the drop-down menu, and then the first option which is the 2016 grant eligibility overlay. Individual county maps are also available. Scroll down to “County Maps” and click on “2016 State Infrastructure Grant – Unserved and Underserved Areas.”

If you have any questions regarding these tools, please send an email to deed.broadband@state.mn.us.

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