List of Broadband stimulus applicants is out

On Wednesday, the RUS and NTIA posted a searchable database of all applications received during the first funding round. You can download a full list of applicants or each by a couple of fields, such as state.

There were 28 applications from Minnesota. Here they are. (I hope in a month I’m writing about how they were all funded!)

Applicant Lake County
  Two Harbors, MN
Contact Gary Fields
   651-343-3128 
Project title Lake County Fiber Project
Program BIP
Project type Last Mile Non-Remote Area
Grant request $ 11,050,770
Loan request $ 22,436,409
Status Received
Description The Project will be the first rural county fiber network in the U.S. to fully serve every home and institution that is currently served by wired telephone or electrical service. The advanced services offered will be priced lower than the very limited services currently available. The Project will be a public-private partnership between Lake County and National Public Broadband, a non-profit org.
 
Applicant Minnesota Valley Television Improvement Corporation
  GRANITE FALLS, MN
Contact Daniel Richter
   320-564-4970 
Project title Minnesota Wireless Expansion
Program BIP
Project type Last Mile Non-Remote Area
Grant request $ 562,776
Loan request $ 562,776
Status Received
Description MVTV Wireless is proposing to continue building out it’s two-way broadband internet network to un-served and underserved areas of west central and south central Minnesota. The proposed project will add 34 additional WIMAX Access Points in 34 un-served and underserved communities adjacent and contiguous to its current service area.
 
Applicant Arrowhead Fiber, Inc
  Owatonna, MN
Contact Donny Smith
   507-214-1000 
Project title Arrowhead Regional Last Mile Project
Program BIP
Project type Last Mile Remote Area
Grant request $ 23,017,861
Loan request $ 5,754,466
Status Received
Description Provide broadband connectivity to every business and residence in this part of the Arrowhead region. This will be provided on a state of the art fiber to the home system capable of gigabit delivery. All premises including homes, anchor institutions and businesses will have these services available.
 
Applicant C. K. Blandin Foundation
  Grand Rapids, MN
Contact Bernadine Joselyn
   218-327-8728 
Project title Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities
Program BTOP
Project type Sustainable Broadband Adoption
Grant request $ 4,858,219
Status Received
Description The Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities (MIRC) initiative is a comprehensive, multi-sector approach to sustainable broadband adoption. Through education, training, technical assistance and barrier removal, an array of market development strategies will provide opportunity to residents, small businesses, local governments, and critical needs providers in rural Minnesota.
 
Applicant Arvig Telephone Company
  Pequot Lakes, MN
Contact Timothy Ulrich
   608-664-4114 
Project title Arvig Telephone Company: Project to serve rural, remote and unserved establishments
Program BIP
Project type Last Mile Remote Area
Grant request $ 7,358,993
Status Received
Description Arvig Telephone Company, a subsidiary of TDS Telecom, proposes a project to bring high speed DSL broadband service to remote, unserved households within its rural service territory, which is comparable to the DSL service provided in its more populated areas. The network is also engineered so that it can be easily upgraded at a reasonable cost to meet future needs.
 
Applicant Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative
  Aitkin, MN
Contact John Pierson
   218-927-2191 
Project title Mille Lacs Energy Wireless Broadband
Program BIP
Project type Last Mile Remote Area
Grant request $ 1,679,650
Status Received
Description MLEC is proposing a terrestrial fixed wireless system to provide broadband Internet to 5 remote and unserved areas in north central Minnesota. The technology used will be unlicensed 3.65GHz WiMax. With this technology MLEC will be capable of providing speeds up to 5 MB to the end user. The total cost of the project is estimated at $1,679,650. The amount requested from BIP is 100% grant.
 
Applicant Tekstar Communications, Inc
  Perham, MN
Contact Mark Birkholz
   218-346-8868 
Project title Naytahwaush Project
Program BIP/BTOP
Project type Last Mile Remote Area
Grant request* $ 1,103,397
Status Received
Description Naytahwaush is located in rural Mahnomen County 15 miles east of the county seat on the White Earth Indian Reservation. A successful broadband project in this rural remote Unserved area will serve 315 households, total population 534. Also serving all community anchors including critical facilities, medical, public safety services, tribal government buildings, and the school will be served.
*For BIP/BTOP joint applications, grant amount reflects grant request for BIP.
 
Applicant Mid-State Telephone Company
  New London, MN
Contact Timothy Ulrich
   608-664-4114 
Project title Mid-State Telephone Company: Project to serve rural, remote and unserved establishments
Program BIP
Project type Last Mile Remote Area
Grant request $ 8,376,308
Status Received
Description Mid-State Telephone Company, a subsidiary of TDS Telecom, proposes a project to bring high speed DSL broadband service to remote, unserved households within its rural service territory, which is comparable to the DSL service provided in its more populated areas. The network is also engineered so that it can be easily upgraded at a reasonable cost to meet future needs.
 
Applicant Regents of the University of Minnesota
  Minneapolis, MN
Contact Kevin McKoskey
   612-624-5599 
Project title Broadband Access Project
Program BTOP
Project type Public Computer Center
Grant request $ 2,862,334
Status Received
Description The Broadband Access Project will eliminate directly the disparity in broadband awareness and use in four federally designated poverty zones in the Twin Cities. The Universit of Minnesota will provide broadband training to vulnerable populations to gain information about education, health care, and job opportunities. Increased broadband access and usage, and job creation will result in these areas
 
Applicant Hiawatha Broadband Communications, Inc.
  Winona, MN
Contact Gary Evans
   507-474-5800 
Project title Southeastern Minnesota Last-Mile Project
Program BIP/BTOP
Project type Last Mile Non-Remote Area
Grant request* $ 5,729,891
Status Received
Description This project will provide last-mile service to Minneiska, Miesville, New Trier, areas in Lake City and Red Wing, in addition to constructing middle-mile connections between the five communities and Hiawatha Broadband’s network termination in Wabasha. The farm service area connections will offer broadband services to an additional 215 underserved homes and farmsteads along the route.
*For BIP/BTOP joint applications, grant amount reflects grant request for BIP.
 
Applicant A-Vu Media Corporation
  Minnetonka, MN
Contact John Goodman
   612-839-2329 
Project title A-Vu Media – new bundled broadband for Older Adults, Disabled, and HealthCare Adoption
Program BTOP
Project type Sustainable Broadband Adoption
Grant request $ 9,431,000
Status Received
Description A highly simplified user interface facilitates preprogrammed direct access to broadband and other services delivered though an integrated digital “TV”. All services are remotely programmed and controlled by a 24/7 customer service operator on a secure network. This network creates new high value connections for the users and all those providing healthcare and other broadband based services.
 
Applicant Federated Telephone Cooperative
  Chokio, MN
Contact Kevin Beyer
   320-324-7111 
Project title FTC – Appleton, Madison and Rural Morris MN
Program BIP
Project type Last Mile Remote Area
Grant request $ 6,783,111
Loan request $ 6,783,111
Status Received
Description This project consists of building a FTTP system to deploy voice, video, and data services to the exchanges of Appleton, Madison, and rural Morris Minnesota.
 
Applicant Cook County, Minnesota
  Grand Marais, MN
Contact Danna Mackenzie
   218-387-3662 
Project title Cook County Fiber Initiative
Program BIP
Project type Last Mile Remote Area
Grant request $ 33,658,409
Status Received
Description This grant application is being filed by the Cook County, Minnesota. Cook County proposes to build and operate a ‘fiber-to-the-premises” broadband communications network to bring broadband to the unserved areas in Cook County. The County plans to bring a triple play network to the County, bringing high speed Internet access to the service area for the first time plus competition with video and voi
 
Applicant Northeast Service Cooperative
  Mountain Iron, MN
Contact Lyle MacVey
   218-748-7623 
Project title Northeast Minnesota Middle Mile Project
Program BIP/BTOP
Project type Middle Mile
Grant request* $ 32,135,681
Loan request $ 11,362,539
Status Received
Description The Northeast Service Cooperative in partnership with state & local agencies, schools & health care organizations will implement a middle mile project to make dark fiber, wavelength services available to private sector providers in rural areas of northeast Minnesota. The project will improve access to critical education & health care services to 20,000 households which lack broadband services.
*For BIP/BTOP joint applications, grant amount reflects grant request for BIP.
 
Applicant County Wide FTTH, Inc.
  Owatonna, MN
Contact Donny Smith
   507-214-1000 
Project title County Wide Fiber Project for Steele and Dodge Counties in Minnesota
Program BIP
Project type Last Mile Non-Remote Area
Grant request $ 24,073,840
Loan request $ 24,073,841
Status Received
Description This project will provide high speed broadband access to every home, business, government entity, and anchor institution in the entire county of Steele, the entire county of Dodge with the exception of an area already served by an existing incumbent provider. This project will be an open access network that will deliver current speeds in excess of 20 mbps and the capacity of 1 gbps per user.
 
Applicant Small Town Fiber, Inc.
  Owatonna, MN
Contact Donny Smith
   507-214-1000 
Project title Small Town Fiber
Program BIP
Project type Last Mile Non-Remote Area
Grant request $ 13,047,125
Loan request $ 13,047,127
Status Received
Description This project is being submitted with the hopes of serving a few small towns that have no access to broadband at all and a few more that have very limited access. This would be a state of the art passive fiber optic network.
 
Applicant Carver County Fiber Collaboration, Inc.
  Owatonna, MN
Contact Donny Smith
   507-214-1000 
Project title Carver County Fiber Collaboration
Program BIP/BTOP
Project type Middle Mile
Grant request* $ 4,770,776
Loan request $ 4,770,778
Status Received
Description This is a collaborative effort between Carver County and Jaguar Communications to put in a county wide middle mile ring to serve each town and township within the county and connect to the existing Jaguar ring in Scott County. This ring will be used to provide services to many different anchor institutions including libraries, law enforcement, and government centers as well as broadband providers.
*For BIP/BTOP joint applications, grant amount reflects grant request for BIP.
 
Applicant Halstad Telephone Company
  Halstad, MN
Contact Thomas Maroney
   218-456-2125 
Project title HTC Hillsboro ND Rural FTTP
Program BIP/BTOP
Project type Last Mile Non-Remote Area
Grant request* $ 2,337,600
Loan request $ 2,337,600
Status Received
Description Halstad Telephone’s project will deploy fiber-to-the-premise broadband internet and video services to 430 locations in rural Hillsboro, Traill County, North Dakota, utilizing 283 miles of fiber optic cable and providing those locations with broadband capability of 100 Megabits.
*For BIP/BTOP joint applications, grant amount reflects grant request for BIP.
 
Applicant City of Windom
  Windom, MN
Contact John Schultz
   651-967-7196 
Project title Southwest Minnesota Broadband Group (SWMBG)
Program BIP/BTOP
Project type Last Mile Non-Remote Area
Grant request* $ 6,350,250
Loan request $ 6,350,000
Status Received
Description SWMBG is proposing to build fiber-to-the-premise infrastructure to eight rural communities throughout Southwestern Minnesota. The network will consist of a 125 mile fiber ring which will connect the eight communities and an FTTP infrastructure within the communities that will support a total of over 3,500 passings.
*For BIP/BTOP joint applications, grant amount reflects grant request for BIP.
 
Applicant Halstad Telephone Company
  Halstad, MN
Contact Thomas Maroney
   218-456-2125 
Project title HTC Hillsboro ND Town Broadband
Program BIP/BTOP
Project type Last Mile Non-Remote Area
Grant request* $ 246,500
Loan request $ 246,500
Status Received
Description Halstad Telephone’s project will install electronic enhancements to existing Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) to increase broadband capability to 100 Megabits for internet and video service to 800 locations in the town of Hillsboro, Traill County, North Dakota.
*For BIP/BTOP joint applications, grant amount reflects grant request for BIP.
 
Applicant Halstad Telephone Company
  Halstad, MN
Contact Thomas Maroney
   218-456-2125 
Project title HTC Crookston MN WiMax Wireless
Program BIP/BTOP
Project type Last Mile Non-Remote Area
Grant request* $ 317,250
Loan request $ 317,250
Status Received
Description Halstad Telephone’s project will install a Wireless Wimax broadband system in Crookston Minnesota to provide broadband to this underserved town and surrounding unserved 314 square miles of rural area. This system will provide up to 10 Megabit broadband service, operating on Halstad Telephone’s license. (FCC registration Number 0003744224,Call Sign WQIQ973 in the 2500 MHz band)
*For BIP/BTOP joint applications, grant amount reflects grant request for BIP.
 
Applicant Halstad Telephone Company
  Halstad, MN
Contact Thomas Maroney
   218-456-2125 
Project title HTC Minnesota Exchanges FTTP
Program BIP/BTOP
Project type Last Mile Non-Remote Area
Grant request* $ 3,277,500
Loan request $ 3,277,500
Status Received
Description Halstad Telephone will install Fiber-to-the-Premise broadband to 1,069 underserved locations in 5 towns and surrounding rural/farm areas in Norman and Polk Counties in Minnesota, utilizing 320 miles of fiber optic cable and providing those locations with broadband capability of 100 Megabits, thus converting an existing Fiber-to-the-Node system which does not meet the required service level.
*For BIP/BTOP joint applications, grant amount reflects grant request for BIP.
 
Applicant Asian Media Access, Inc.
  MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Contact David Kang
   612-376-7715 
Project title Asian Pacific American Community Network (APA ComMNet) Public Computer Center
Program BTOP
Project type Public Computer Center
Grant request $ 500,000
Status Received
Description The Asian Pacific American Community Network (APA ComMNet) Public Computer Center will be a technology access and training facility with 30 computers, a mobile lab of 15 computers, and media production equipment to mitigate the ever-growing digital divide. APA ComMNet will provide computer access and computer/IT/media training to under-served immigrant and refugee residents of the Twin Cities.
 
Applicant City of Minneapolis
  Minneapolis, MN
Contact Elizabeth Cousins
   612-673-2820 
Project title Broadband for Minneapolis Public Housing
Program BTOP
Project type Last Mile
Grant request $ 3,302,955
Status Received
Description The City of Minneapolis will bring broadband connectivity to the residents of Minneapolis Public Housing’s 41 high rises using a DSLAM network. Through use of rooftop transmitters connecting to the existing municipal WiFi network, the City of Minneapolis is able to empower these underserved residents with broadband capability for a minimal cost to both the government and to end-users.
 
Applicant Mid-State Education District
  Little Falls, MN
Contact Kay Campbell
   320-631-2515 
Project title Central Minnesota Rural Broadband Access
Program BIP/BTOP
Project type Last Mile Non-Remote Area
Grant request* $ 65,213,019
Status Received
Description The project will deliver advanced broadband solutions that enable County & City Government, MLB Ojibwe, K-12 & Higher Education, Healthcare, Law Enforcement, Community, Cultural & Arts Organizations, residents, businesses & visitors across our area to access high capacity Broadband services, decrease costs, enhance productivity & improve the economic & civic vitality of Central Minnesota.
*For BIP/BTOP joint applications, grant amount reflects grant request for BIP.
 
Applicant Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
  Cass Lake, MN
Contact John Schultz
   651-967-7196 
Project title Leech Lake Community Computer Centers (CCC)
Program BTOP
Project type Public Computer Center
Grant request $ 1,581,252
Status Received
Description The Leech Lake Community Computer Centers Project (CCC) will bring four station computer centers to 13 Community Centers spread across the Leech Lake Indian Reservation in remote, rural Minnesota. This reservation is over 1100 square miles and transportation to a centralized computer center would not be an effective solution. This project is in concert with the Leech Lake WAN project.
 
Applicant Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
  Cass Lake, MN
Contact John Schultz
   651-967-7196 
Project title Leech Lake WAN Project
Program BIP/BTOP
Project type Middle Mile
Grant request* $ 4,148,870
Loan request $ 4,148,870
Status Received
Description This project will connect Community Anchor Institutions across the Leech Lake Indian Reservation to bring health, public safety and human services across the reservation. This network will consist of a 115 mile fiber optic network with a WiMax overlay to reach outlying areas and provide public safety connectivity.
*For BIP/BTOP joint applications, grant amount reflects grant request for BIP.
 
Applicant City of Minneapolis
  Minneapolis, MN
Contact Elizabeth Cousins
   612-673-2820 
Project title An Engaged Community, Minneapolis Public Housing
Program BTOP
Project type Sustainable Broadband Adoption
Grant request $ 5,298,236
Status Received
Description The City of Minneapolis’innovative Sustainable Adoption program will result in skilled, informed public housing broadband subscribers. This model can be replicated in any of the 3,200 public housing authorities across the United States. Communities can expect to decrease the racial, ethnic and socioeconomic barriers to jobs, skills training, health care, education and citizenship resources.

2 thoughts on “List of Broadband stimulus applicants is out

  1. Pingback: More on the Minnesota Broadband Stimulus Applications « Blandin on Broadband

  2. I am very excited to see the WIMAX implementation! This is truly a cost effective solution for reaching the rural population outside the range of wireless. I wonder if they will be posting their progress somewhere? I am very interested to see both the process and results. Thank you Ann for pulling this summary together, I sure appreciate it.
    Ben

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