Apply for broadband grants through September 15

Apply for broadband grants through September 15

MSBA is encouraging school districts, cities, counties, businesses, nonprofits and other eligible applicants to consider applying for a grant to continue the expansion of Minnesota’s broadband infrastructure. Applications must be received by 4 p.m. on September 15, 2015.

The grants are available as a part of $10.58 million for the Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program approved by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Mark Dayton in June.

Eligible applicants include incorporated businesses or partnerships, political subdivisions, Indian tribes, Minnesota nonprofits, cooperative associations and limited liability corporations. Broadband projects must be located in unserved or underserved areas.

According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) website, an unserved area “is an area of Minnesota in which households or businesses lack access to wire-line broadband service at speeds that meet the FCC threshold of 25 megabits per second download and 3 megabits per second upload.” An underserved area “is an area of Minnesota in which households or businesses do receive service above the FCC threshold but lack access to wire-line broadband service at speeds that meet the state broadband goals of ten to 20 megabits per second download and five to ten megabits per second upload.”

Full details and application materials can be found on the DEED website at http://mn.gov/deed/programs-services/broadband/grant-program.

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