The official word is out. Today the NTIA announced the next round of mapping grants. They awarded grants to Minnesota, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota and Tennessee.
Here’s the word on the Minnesota funding:
Minnesota: NTIA has awarded Connected Nation approximately $1.2 million for broadband data collection and mapping activities over a two-year period and almost $500,000 for broadband planning activities over a five-year period in Minnesota, bringing the total grant award to approximately $1.7 million. Connected Nation is the designated entity for the state of Minnesota.
A quick reminder – each state was asked to recommend one mapping project. Minnesota recommended Connect Minnesota’s proposal. I’m hoping to talk to Connect Minnesota about the project after the holidays. They are usually very accommodating with more info.