Posted by: Ann Treacy | August 23, 2016

MTA Fall Conference October 13-14 Brooklyn Park MN

I wanted to share info on the upcoming MTA (Minnesota Telecom Alliance) fall conference. It’s always a good conference full of tech and policy info…

2016 MTA Fall Conference Online Registration Now Available!

October 13–14, 2016 Minneapolis Marriott Northwest Brooklyn Park, MN View Details and Register Online

This Summer continues to move too fast, it is time to start thinking about fall. Getting ready for back to school, the Vikings, cooler temperatures, leaves turning color, and most importantly… the MTA FALL CONFERENCE!

This year’s event will open with an exciting lineup on Thursday. The afternoon kicks off with a presentation from MNIT Commissioner Jim Johnson (invited). MNIT controls the telecom contracts with state agencies throughout the state and this is a great opportunity to meet Jim and for him to meet MTA members. Jim’s presentation will be followed up with updates from the Office of Broadband Development and E911 Director Dana Wahlberg. We will also presentations on CAF/A-CAM for RoR companies and a Federal update from NTCA’s Mike Romano. Thursday’s session will conclude with a political panel discussion from journalists who can give us the inside scoop on state elections.

Again this year the MTA Event Planning Committee and staff have been working with the Video and IT Peer Groups for more opportunities to learn. Friday morning continues with separate tracks giving attendees the most current, up-to-date, information on Video and IT. Know you want to attend, but don’t know which sessions you want to attend? It doesn’t matter, you can mix and match sessions to meet your individual needs. Don’t wait! The event will conclude with keynote speaker FBI Special Agent Michael Krause. Special Agent Krause investigates Cyber-crimes and has a unique perspective on Cyber security that you haven’t heard before.

>> Register for the conference today!

Posted by: Ann Treacy | August 23, 2016

Kandiyohi County plans to apply for broadband grant

According to KWLM  (Willmar Radio: News)...

Madsen says at the county board’s September 6th meeting they will talk about how they would fund their match. Madsen says a study shows it would take up to 68 million dollars to bring every business and residence in Kandiyohi County up to speed. So even if the county were approved for the 5 million dollar grant and matched it with 5, that still would only meet one sixth of the county’s need. The county would need to decide who would get the service upgrade first

The Blandin Foundation is listening for the voice of MN youth to share with Minnesota community leaders and policy makers. We would love your help collecting young voices.

If you’re a young person (say under 30) please feel free to tell us what you think.

Please send us a video (or upload it to YouTube and send us the link) with you and/or a friend answering the following questions:

  • What is your name? Where are you from?
  • How do you use the Internet today? (Work, school, entertainment, get news…)
  • How do you think you’ll use it in the future?
  • Where do you get connected and do you ever have difficulty getting online? What are your roadblocks?
  • Would you move to a community or house without broadband access?

We will show videos at the 2016 Broadband Conference in Duluth. (In fact if you send us a video, we will work out a “young voice waiver” for free admission.) We will post the videos on the Blandin on Broadband blog and will be finding ways to use the videos to let policymakers know how important affordable access is in Minnesota. We are interested in the urban and rural views so if you have a rural connection, we encourage you to include it!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me atreacy@treacyinfo.com or 651-239-4581.

Here’s a sample – the youth involved here is pretty young (my 12 year old daughter) but was ready, willing and able. And frankly even by 12, most folks who have had access to the Internet have an opinion:

Fun news I’m sharing from the IRRRB newsletter…

Communities within the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB) service area have a new source of assistance to help advance local broadband projects.

Grant applications to the Blandin Broadband Communities Program are being accepted under a Blandin Foundation and IRRRB partnership.

The program is designed to help communities with broadband planning, facilitation support, and additional sources of funding.

“The need for better broadband was one theme heard at the Recharge the Range conversation,” said Bernadine Joselyn, Blandin Foundation director of public policy and engagement. “At Blandin Foundation, we see it everywhere in rural, but especially on the Iron Range – entrepreneurs are the engine of the economy. Broadband unleashes the potential and creativity in these people, creating opportunity and vibrancy.”

Rural broadband access and its use is being addressed across the state.

Blandin Foundation since 2003 has partnered in more than 100 communities across the state to implement hundreds of community-based broadband projects. IRRRB has supported development of several rural broadband projects within its service area.

Under the Blandin Broadband Communities Program, four communities within the IRRRB service area will be selected through an application process. Each community must form a steering committee that commits to spending time and attention to planning, project development and management.

Applications can be made from an individual city, group of cities, county, tribal government, school districts, a self-defined region or a community of interest.

A $500,000 IRRRB grant supports the program.

“We are really gratified to see, for the first time on this scale, the relationship between IRRRB and Blandin Foundation address a critical need for this indispensable infrastructure in communities in the IRRRB service area,” said Joselyn.

View the program guidelines and application.

Posted by: Ann Treacy | August 21, 2016

Social Media (Snapcat & Pokemon Go) in local elections

MinnPost ran a fun story on  how local candidates are using social media.

Such as SnapChat…

[Karin] Housley, a first-term Republican state senator representing the eastern suburbs, saw an opportunity. She thought the temporary, rapid-fire nature of snaps, which disappear after someone views it, is the perfect communicating tool for a campaign. With a little research, she and a group of campaign interns figured out they could create their own Snapchat filter to coincide with a certain event, like the upcoming Washington County Fair. It cost them $600 to create the filter — it uses the same design as her campaign signs — and they made it available to anyone with the app attending the fair. In the end, the filter was used 700 times and got over 12,000 views in just a few hours.

13987626_10154484533143417_2669006684786796498_oAnd Pokemon Go…

DFL state Sen. Terri Bonoff, who is running in Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District this fall, used Pokémon Go to entice young volunteers to come door knocking. Bonoff staff set up a lure — a feature used in the game to draw players to a specific location — to bring volunteers to her campaign office. From there, they went out door-knocking across the suburban congressional district, catching Pokémon along the way.

“One of the things I’ve been surprised by is how many young people want to work on the campaign,” Bonoff said. “They just need that extra push. There is an understanding that I’m already with them on the issues they care about, things like freedom to marry, climate change and gun control.”

The reporter adds a note to temper the enthusiasm…

And both chairs agree that, while it’s important to use social media and data to magnify messages and effectively target resources, it’s easy to be distracted by the latest campaign app or social media strategy. Local races are still won on grassroots campaigning and face-to-face interactions. “People are tuning those other messages out and looking for more real conversations about the issues and candidates,” Martin said.

But online seems to be a good place to catch people – especially young people – it seems like these fun approaches need to progress to finding a way to have the meaningful conversations and continued interaction online…

Today, many people don’t have landline phones or cable subscriptions, so the usual tools employed to reach voters — phone banking or television ad buys — are far less effective than they once were. Young voters in particular — those between the ages of 18 and 29, an important if elusive block of the electorate — interact almost exclusively with their peers online or through their phones, on everything from Snapchat and Facebook to Twitter, Instagram and Vine.

Rochester is looking at community broadband options. The story and views on the options are playing out in the pages of the Post Bulletin. They have been getting a range of letters to the editor.

Here’s a quick look on the story…

The Rochester City Council and Rochester Public Utility Board have each heard conceptual presentations from private companies about the possibility of adding broadband service as a utility. Phone and cable television services could be added, as well. …

The report included a capital investment of about $53 million on the city’s behalf, a cost that would have to be issued in bonds, raising the total investment to near $67 million.

Alcatel-Lucent’s assumptions were also based on the new public utility securing a 30 percent market share of internet customers. While a low-cost and lower service option would see customers pay about $10 per month for broadband internet service, the study showed about 58 percent of customers paying $50 or more per month for service.

Given a 30 percent market share, Alcatel-Lucent projected the utility would be cash-flow positive within about four years, depending on whether phone and cable services were included.

They are deciding whether to move forward – and again they are getting feedback from a lot of people. Here’s a sample – in reverse chronological order:

Chris Mitchell from the Institute from Local Self Reliance supports the idea, pointing out that lack of local competition is an issue…

According to the Federal Communications Commission, 3 out of 4 Americans only have one choice of high-speed Internet provider. If you hear claims that Rochester has many providers, dig deeper. Those statistics are aggregated, which means that while you could have four different providers in a single neighborhood, most homes probably only have access to one or two of them.

And the wealth of neighboring competition…

Another challenge that Rochester faces is that some nearby communities like St Charles have HBC, a private provider from Winona with an excellent reputation, that is expanding a gigabit fiber-optic network throughout smaller towns in the region. Those communities will increasingly draw high-tech people out of Rochester, trading a commute for far better Internet access.

And encouraging Rochester to keep investigating…

Just don’t let anyone fool you into thinking the choice is between borrowing $67 million and doing nothing. …

At the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, we are tracking more than 450 local governments that have made some kind of investment in better access. Some, like Cedar Falls, took on greater risk and debt to rapidly build a citywide network. Others, like Auburn in Indiana, adopted an incremental, multi-year approach.

Mike Schlasner also supports the move forward…

If we are not satisfied with our providers, we have the option of creating a community-owned broadband network. In fact, a 2015 Rochester Public Utilities survey indicates 76 percent of residential customers want RPU to investigate offering Internet service. …

It’s time for the Rochester to envision a new broadband future, one in which affordable, world-class broadband is available to all residents and businesses.

Nanct Bratud, Post Bulletin Advisory Committee Member, lists access to broadband as a way to make SE Minnesota better.

Annette Meeks, from the Freedom Foundation of Minnesota does not support a community broadband effort citing

One reason for the failure of these Internet systems is the rosy projections offered to local officials in the form of free studies that show the local community is clamoring for faster speeds and better service based upon low construction costs estimates. The reality is that nearly every one of these assumptions is wrong, and it doesn’t take a lot of wrong assumptions to do a lot of harm to bond holders and taxpayers.

She encourages the City to spend with private providers instead…

Rather than risking and diverting precious Rochester taxpayer dollars on a questionable plan to construct a city-owned network, elected officials would be wise to consider advances underway by private sector Internet providers and to work with those providers who seek to better serve the city with greater innovation that Rochester desires and deserves.

Rochester City Council member Michael Wojcik recognizes broadband as a tool to attract news workers to the area…

“You have to look at what are successful communities doing to attract people, and what are we failing to do?” Wojcik said.

Wojcik singled out new technologies and public resources to be developed, including ride-sharing services like Uber, living options like Airbnb, population-dense environments oriented to public transportation, bicycle-friendly infrastructure and quality broadband internet access.

Brent Christensen from the Minnesota Telecom Alliance doesn’t support community broadband and encourages the city to look at existing private providers…

The current competitive market is important to consider because it will impact success, or more likely, the financial failure of a government-owned telecommunications network in the city.

An Editorial from the Post Bulletin staff encourages greater exploration…

Rochester Public Utilities staff was tapped to review the findings since the utility company would likely oversee the service, if adopted. Peter Hogan, RPU’s director of corporate services, said some of the estimates appeared flexible and more study was needed, which he estimated would take about 18 months and could cost nearly $1 million.

Council members were understandably hesitant to write a check, especially since efforts would also need the approval of RPU’s board of directors, but they did indicate support for moving forward in the quest for more answers.

It’s the right move. We’d encourage the council and RPU board to make every effort to explore the costs and benefits of installing municipal broadband Internet services as a way of ensuring our community stays effectively connected to the world around it.

Considering Rochester’s economic dependence on science and technology, having access to the highest speeds possible is crucial to the city’s future. Unfortunately, existing services lag behind those being offered in other cities, putting Rochester’s businesses and residents at a competitive disadvantage.

This feels like old news – but unfortunately it’s still true, the NTIA (National Telecommunications & Information Administration) have been shuffling their numbers (from July 2015) and have found that folks in rural America are adopting Internet technology at slower paces that urban areas.

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And other demographic characteristics don’t really change the landscape…

All persons, regardless of race or ethnicity, were less likely to use the Internet when living in rural areas, but certain groups of rural residents face a particularly large digital divide.  For example, 78 percent of Whites nationally used the Internet in 2015, compared to 68 percent of African Americans and 66 percent of Hispanics. In rural areas, 70 percent of White Americans had adopted the Internet, compared to 59 percent of African Americans and 61 percent of Hispanics.

And it’s not just access to broadband – it’s access or use of devices as well…

Living in a rural area was also associated with lower levels of device use, Internet use at particular locations, and participation in online activities. Overall, we found rural users were less likely than their urban counterparts to report using a desktop (29 percent for rural users to 35 percent for urban users), a laptop (39 percent to 48 percent), a tablet (24 percent to 30 percent), or an Internet-enabled mobile phone (45 percent to 54 percent). Rural residents were also less likely to use the Internet from home (61 percent to 69 percent) and at work (22 percent to 29 percent). In terms of online services and functions, rural residents who indicated they did use the Internet were still less likely than urban residents to use email (86 percent to 92 percent), social media (68 percent to 71 percent), and online video or voice conferencing (28 percent to 38 percent) than Internet users in urban areas. While some of these differences may seem relatively modest, they are statistically significant. Lastly, rural individuals were more likely than their urban counterparts not to own any Internet compatible devices (33 percent to 26 percent), and were less likely to own more than one device.

Based on these results, it appears there is a continuing need to address the obstacles rural residents face in Internet use. For instance, some households may require subsidies to make the Internet more affordable, while others may need digital literacy training to make the Internet more useful to them. Even today, some remote rural communities still lack Internet access at all or the service available may be poor or prohibitively expensive.

It is interesting to note that while being in rural areas clearly has an impact – when you look at education attainment and income those characteristics have a seemingly greater impact. Percentage of rural residents with college degree who use the internet is 80 percent compared 59 percent of urban residents without a high school diploma.

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Posted by: Ann Treacy | August 19, 2016

Red Wing Ignite Tech internships a success

red wingersYesterday Red Wing Ignite hosted a “what I did over the summer” event for three interns who joined local businesses, a nonprofit and Goodhue county to help organizations make better use of technology. Red Wing coordinated the internship effort with funding support from the Blandin Foundation.

The project was a great success. The students all said they learned a lot. The businesses were all ready to sign up for next year. Someone asked the students if their friends participated in similar internship programs. The answer ranged from no – to yes but working in larger companies where they aren’t trusted with as many challenges. Their contemporaries did data entry – while these students built websites.

A nice bonus was that they each have experience in Red Wing – great promotion for the town.

Here’s info on each project:

Mikayla Lawrence  worked with a local business to create a new e-commerce website. She used WordPress and Woo Commerce for the first time. Creating a small shop to start and building to a shop with thousands of products.

Belle Sahn worked to help prepare a local business for a large CRM migration. He came up with and started a process that help assess the needs of the users the status of existing content – in many, many places and was able to inventory what was worth keeping and what more was needed.

Jonah Tuchow worked with the County to create a web application to manage their county cars. Now employees can check out the car, not delete other people’s reservations, track mileage and a whole host of other features.

It’s a national decision that has an impact on Minnesota cities and counties go about encouraging better broadband. Here’s a quick breakdown on the action from Watch Dog

In a unanimous opinion issued Wednesday, the three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled in favor of the attorneys general of Tennessee and North Carolina. Those states filed the case after the FCC voted in February 2015 to block laws that prevent municipal broadband networks from expanding outside their territories.

The FCC argued it had that authority because Congress told it to remove barriers that prevent telecommunications competition in Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

The appeals court disagreed.

Some folks are happy about the decision – such as the Watch Dog folks…

Berin Szoka, president of TechFreedom, said it “took enormous chutzpah” for the FCC to try to preempt those state broadband laws in the first place.

“This is a well-deserved rebuke for an agency run amuck,” he said. “It should have been obvious that the FCC would lose, since the Supreme Court rejected the idea that the FCC could preempt such laws over a decade ago — under far clearer statutory language. The court shredded the FCC’s claim that, while it could not require states to allow muni broadband, it could regulate the conditions under which they governed the networks that cities were allowed to build.”

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler issued a statement on the ruling, noting that more than 50 communities have started developing their own broadband networks in the past 18 months. …

Szoka said the litigation distracts from the main broadband issues the FCC needs to address: how to make deployment easier.

“The agency is less interested in actual progress than in making headlines and stoking a small fringe of activists who prefer government-run networks over private provision of broadband for ideological reasons,” he said. “The greatest irony here is that the real barriers to deployment come from local governments themselves, and the FCC could help identify ways to cut red tape, lower fees, and build smarter infrastructure that can facilitate deployment. That could encourage both upgrades from incumbents and new entry from companies like Google Fiber. In short, government-run broadband should be a last resort, not a go-to solution.”

Some folks, such as the Institute for Local Self Reliance, are less happy…

A circuit court decision this week means the digital divide in Tennessee and North Carolina will be allowed to continue. This week, the 6th Circuit Court of appeals decided to dismiss the FCC’s decision to encourage Internet investment by restricting local authority to build competitive Internet networks. In February, ILSR and Next Century Cities filed an Amicus Brief in support of the FCC’s position. Here is a selection of media stories which cite ILSR.

The ILSR has compiled responses on their website, such as…

Cities looking to compete with large Internet providers just suffered a big defeat by Brian Fung: The Washington Post, August 10

There are signs, however, that municipal broadband proponents were anticipating Wednesday’s outcome — and are already moving to adapt. One approach? Focus on improving cities’ abilities to lay fiber optic cables that then any Internet provider can lease; so far, only one state, Nebraska, has banned this so-called “dark fiber” plan, said Christopher Mitchell, who directs the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Community Broadband Networks Initiative.

“We’re pursuing strategies that are harder for the cable and telephone companies to defeat,” said Mitchell.

 

 

Posted by: Ann Treacy | August 18, 2016

Fillmore County broadband meeting makes local paper

I wrote about the community broadband meeting in Fillmore County last week. I see that it also made the Fillmore County Journal. Much of the information we covered was similar. It was interesting to see the explanation of unserved areas…

Ryan Yetzer, who currently works for CEDA and has worked for the state, explained that the Federal Communications Commission now defines broadband as 25 mbps download and 3 mbps upload. The state defines broadband served areas as those with wireline connections of at least 100 mbps/20 mbps, underserved areas as those with a wireline connection of at least 25 mbps/3 mbps, and unserved as those with no wireline of at least 25 mbps/3 mbps. By these definitions 41% of the households in the county are “unserved.”

Unserved areas do not allow for people to telecommute, make it difficult for small businesses, limit study by students at home, affect tourism and agriculture, and limit use of multiple devices and entertainment opportunities. “Broadband enabled 39.7% of all new jobs from 2013-2015.”

The lack of high speed internet access affects the sale of homes. People may decide to leave the county to get better internet access or make a decision not to move into an area with poor access. High speed internet availability will be a factor when young people decide whether or not to build a future in the area of their childhood.

Posted by: Ann Treacy | August 17, 2016

MN Broadband Task Force August 2016 Meeting: Digital Inclusion

Today the Minnesota Broadband Task Force met to talk about digital inclusion and affordability. They heard from Angela Siefer from the National Digital Inclusion Alliance who spoke about her experience with Digital Inclusion – noting that digital literacy is the most expensive component because as technology changes, the goalposts change. And really we can use increased tech skills.

Several broadband providers spoke about their low-income options. All felt that they were able to meet the needs of their low income customers but needed help getting the message out to more potentials qualified users. Most has made iterations to their original offering based on the needs of customers.

BEVVCOM talked about the potential for added costs to broadband providers from content providers (such as Netflix) who currently charge consumers to access their services. They got a rough rundown on the Federal Lifeline Program. And ended the day with ECMECC talking about how the issue with broadband in the schools in not access so much as affordability.

They ended with a discussion on how to translate the info into policy. Here’s a video on the bulk of that conversation:

Read on for the full notes… Read More…

Martin County recently shared their broadband feasibility study. The executive summary is quite pointed given the opportunity for the state broadband funds…

Martin County finds itself in the company of the 21 least-connected counties (out of 87) with less than 60% of households having a broadband option of at least 10 Mbps down and 5 Mbps up. …

Martin County is in a challenging position. The two largest cities – Fairmont and Sherburn, along with the community Granada and its surrounding rural area, are relatively well connected. However, the remaining rural areas and communities throughout the county in some cases have no access to any broadband options at all. The digital divide challenges any provider to build a business case for expanding service offerings in the rural areas.

Incumbent providers have plans to improve some areas of Martin County, but the specifics have not been determined. Since Frontier will be receiving CAF II funding for Martin County, one consideration is a partnership to provide them additional funding for upgrading their networks beyond CAF II requirements and plans. CAF II broadband speed requirements (10/1) are lesser than those of the state grant program.

Similarly, BEVCOMM, operating the Granada Exchange, has share its intent to apply for grant funds to more of less upgrade the remainder of its unserved areas. Any grant application that the County pursues ought to factor in these plans by BEVCOMM so as to coordinate  and avoid any overlapping plans.

As they say, there are in the company of 21 other counties. The feasibility study might be interesting to those counties too – a laundry list of what to consider in terms of even a back of the envelope plans to move forward.

The plan was shared with the community a few weeks ago. The Fairmont Sentinel covered the story…

Dale then provided a design model for the board, based on actual historical costs and design parameters from real-world projects that the company has been involved in previously, and then fitting that to the geography and demographics of Martin County. According to the model, approximately 54 percent of potential broadband customers reside within the city of Fairmont, while the next highest group of potential customers, around 5 and a half percent, live in Sherburn. All told, the model shows 9,658 potential broadband customers in the county.

“Frontier covers the most territory of current providers in the county,” said Dale. “All through this process, they’ve been saying that they would like to partner with the county, in terms of going after state grant dollars. We just had a meeting with Frontier, which receives federal funds, and are under obligations to do upgrades to their network throughout Minnesota.”

“They shared that they are planning to do projects in Martin County next year, in order to meet those goals. Their idea would be to piggyback those projects on top of state grant projects, in order to make the most of the dollars that would be spent here in Martin County.”

 

 

Posted by: Ann Treacy | August 17, 2016

Bad weather punctuates the need for better broadband

The St Cloud Times recently published an interesting editorial. The premise is that Minnesota needs better broadband. And the author seems to suggest that building a safety network first and expanding it is an approach worth considering…

This summer has included several weather-related disasters around our state. They offer us a reminder that affordable options for community-based emergency broadband infrastructure exist.

When a weather-related disaster occurs, oftentimes power outages follow. During those times, it becomes important to communicate across the community on an alternative access to the internet. The Minnesota Office of Broadband Development would like to see all Minnesotans able to access our internet. However, the agency fails to acknowledge that the first step lies with providing our communities with affordable community emergency broadband options that can then be scaled up to provide other decentralized internet access services.

The good news is that there are efforts to consider this approach. I know the Office of Broadband Development has spoken many times about their conversations with FirstNet. FirstNet is a national effort to build a safety network. The hope is that, especially in rural areas, that network might support growth in unserved areas – either through extra capacity of the network or through extra capacity in deploying the network – like build once, lay several extra strands of fiber or work out pole attachment coordination for multiple networks.

There’s also a little confusion on the idea of the public utility. The FCC was talking about the access to unfettered information – not an effort to deploy broadband as public infrastructure

Last year, the FCC reclassified communications over the internet as a public utility. Corporations are no longer able to control access to the internet. With that fact in mind, it’s time for Minnesota to act and institute affordable community broadband infrastructure for all communities.

Posted by: Ann Treacy | August 16, 2016

HBC to Bring High-Speed Broadband to Cannon Falls

Good news for Cannon Falls…

Hiawatha Broadcast Communications, Inc. (HBC) has announced plans to bring high-speed broadband services to Cannon Falls.

HBC currently has a fiber-optic network in Cannon Falls and currently serves a number of businesses with high speed date. The company also has a data center located in the city, and last year, Cannon Falls became a major node on HBC’s fiber ring in southern Minnesota.

HBC president and CEO, Dan Pecarina, said “HBC has prepared to serve Cannon Falls for the past two years. Our Cannon Falls data center is now on our protected fiber optic ring. This will provide extremely reliable services to the homes and businesses including the fastest Internet, crystal clear Video and feature rich telephone.”

HBC will bring symmetrical Gigabit data services and telephone service to every home and business in Cannon Falls. In addition, HBC has applied for a cable franchise agreement and hope to receive approval to bring high quality TV and video services to residents.

“HBC is currently looking for office space in Cannon Falls to be used to provide local customer care and technical installation and support,” Pecarina said. “And as always, HBC expects to be a local business providing employment and being a great community partner.”

Posted by: Ann Treacy | August 16, 2016

Archive: Minnesota low income areas broadband grant webinar

Thanks to the Office of Broadband Development for sharing the slide an archive of their webinar on the Low Income Areas Broadband Grant opportunities.

Here’s a description of the session:

Learn more about the newest addition to the Border-to-Border grant program, the $500,000 fund for projects that propose to expand the availability and adoption of broadband service to areas that contain a significant proportion of low-income households. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, August 16, from 1 to 2 p.m. Central Time.

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Links to the recorded sessions. (Links won’t work in all browsers.)

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