Minnesota Round Two BIP applications are out

Thanks to John Schultz for sending me the latest on the BIP Round Two applications. Sadly the new applications are not yet in the searchable directory – but I was able to pull out the Minnesota applications. At least I hope I got all of them that relate to Minnesota in some way.

Minnesota
Applicant: ARROWHEAD ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE INC
Application ID: 6656
Contact: TERESA HANNAY
(616) 2935880
arrowhead@pulsebroadband.net
Project Title: Arrowhead Electric Cooperative FibertotheHome
Project
Program: Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)
Proposed Project Area: Minnesota
Project Type: Last Mile
Funding Round: Winter 2010 Broadband Initiatives Program
Grant Request:
Loan Request:
Other Funding: $600,000.00
$11,296,239.00
$4,841,245.00
Status: Application Received
Description: Arrowhead Electric Cooperative proposes to build and operate a fiber optic network to the residential and commercial members of the cooperative as well to underserved safety and anchor agencies in our service area. This project is designed as an open network allowing multiple qualified vendors to offer services on the system.
Public Notice Response:
Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)

Applicant: FARMERS MUTUAL TELEPHONE COMPANY
Application ID: 5552
Contact: JOHN SCHULTZ
(651) 9677196
jschultz@urekabroadband.
com
Project Title: Farmers TelephoneLac
qui Parle County FTTP Project
Program: Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)
Proposed Project Area: Minnesota
Project Type: Last Mile
Funding Round: Winter 2010 Broadband Initiatives Program
Grant Request:
Loan Request:
Other Funding: $33,851.00
$4,826,478.00
$4,826,478.00
Status: Application Received
Description: Farmers Mutual Telephone Company in partnership with Lac qui Parle County will provide Fiber to the Premise technology to the remaining 1561 households and 165 businesses and 12 Critical Community Facilities within the county. This network will provide highspeed data, voice and television services to areas of the County with limited access to technology choices. The entire budget for the project will be $9.686 million ($9.653 million in BIP) dollars. This deployment will make Lac qui Parle one of the leading technology counties in the state. Lac qui Parle County Economic Development Authority (EDA) will lead economic development efforts within the County in coordination with this network build to best leverage the network for education, health care, public safety and economic development.
Public Notice Response:
Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)

Applicant: FEDERATED TELEPHONE COOPERATIVE
Application ID: 7365
Contact: KEVIN BEYER
(320) 3247111
kbeyer@fedtel.net
Project Title: Rural Morris, MN
Program: Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)
Proposed Project Area: Minnesota
Project Type: Last Mile
Funding Round: Winter 2010 Broadband Initiatives Program
Grant Request:
Loan Request:
Other Funding: $107,500.00
$1,493,637.00
$1,493,637.00
Status: Application Received
Description: This project consist of building a FTTP system to deploy voice, video, and data services to the Rural Morris, MN exchange. The PFSA is primarily located in Stevens County, with a small portion in Grant County. The PFSA includes 408 residential, 20 Business and 2 anchor institutions.
Public Notice Response:
Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)

Applicant: FEDERATED TELEPHONE COOPERATIVE
Application ID: 5143
Contact: KEVIN BEYER
(320) 3247111
kbeyer@fedtel.net
Project Title: Rural Appleton, MN
Program: Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)
Proposed Project Area: Minnesota
Project Type: Last Mile
Funding Round: Winter 2010 Broadband Initiatives Program
Grant Request:
Loan Request:
Other Funding: $0.00
$630,289.00
$630,289.00
Status: Application Received
Description: This project consists of building a FTTP system to deploy voice, video, and data services to the Rural Appleton, MN exchange. The PFSA is primarily located in Swift County, with small portions in Big Stone and Chippewa Counties. The PFSA includes 152 residential, 7 Business and 1 anchor institution.
Public Notice Response:
Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)

Applicant: FOND DU LAC RESERVATION
Application ID: 6391
Contact: JASON ROMAN HOLLINDAY
(218) 8782625
jasonhollinday@fdlrez.com
Project Title: Fond du Lac Broadband Project
Program: Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)
Proposed Project Area: Minnesota
Project Type: Last Mile
Funding Round: Winter 2010 Broadband Initiatives Program
Grant Request:
Loan Request:
Other Funding: $0.00
$1,062,035.00
$354,012.00
Status: Application Received
Description: The Fond du Lac Wireless Broadband Project would create a wireless broadband/high speed Internet system on the Fond du Lac Reservation. The system would provide internet access to over 300 homes, and several community facilities. The procurement of high speed internet on the Reservation will be used as an economic tool and assist people to educate themselves, open a new marketplace for goods and services, create a more marketable workforce and open new job opportunities. The project will require the construction and installation of six towers and base station. Cost estimated for the towers and the base station is $1,416,792.00. A more detailed scope of work is located in the attachments with the “FDL Wireless Study.”
Public Notice Response:
Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)

Applicant: JAGUAR COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
Application ID: 5788
Contact: DONNY TJELEMAN SMITH
(507) 2141001
dsmith@jagcom.net
Project Title: Southeastern Minnesota Open Fiber Initiative (SMOFI)
Program: Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)
Proposed Project Area: Minnesota
Project Type: Last Mile
Funding Round: Winter 2010 Broadband Initiatives Program
Grant Request:
Loan Request:
Other Funding: $0.00
$33,999,578.00
$15,275,173.00
Status: Application Received
Description: The Southeastern Minnesota Open Fiber Initiative (SMOFI) is an â€oeOpen Access†FibertothePremise (FTTP) project, which will connect virtually every home, business, community anchor institution and critical facility in the Southern Minnesota counties of Steele and Dodge, and parts of Rice, which are predominantly unserved or underserved. The project will deliver broadband speeds of up to 1Gbps to every premise served and sets aside 25% of earned revenues for future expansion to rural and remote areas. The project will pass 16,414 households, 1,580 businesses and 515 Community Anchor Institutions and Critical Facilities. The project will be a critical part of
the Mayo Clinic’s â€oeBEACON†rural telehealth initiative. SMOFI will implement specific and substantive programs to deliver service to, and support community anchor institutions abilities to deliver services to the public.
Public Notice Response:
Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)

Applicant: KASSON \& MANTORVILLE TELEPHONE COMPANY
Application ID: 5389
Contact: MARY EHMKE
(507) 6342511
mehmke@kmtel.com
Project Title: Kasson & Mantorville Telephone Company: FibertotheHome
Broadband Deployment Project
Program: Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)
Proposed Project Area: Minnesota
Project Type: Last Mile
Funding Round: Winter 2010 Broadband Initiatives Program
Grant Request:
Loan Request:
Other Funding: $0.00
$9,280,797.00
$3,977,484.00
Status: Application Received
Description: The Kasson & Mantorville Telephone Company FibertotheHome Broadband Deployment Project is a build out of existing infrastructure into underserved rural areas throughout the current serving company footprint. The project proposes to build fiber routes and improve network infrastructure to enable more robust high speed broadband connections to homes and businesses.
Public Notice Response:
Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)

Applicant: LAKE, COUNTY OF
Application ID: 4538
Contact: GARY FIELDS
(651) 3433128
gfields@nationalpublicbroadband.org
Project Title: Lake County Fiber Network
Program: Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)
Proposed Project Area: Minnesota
Project Type: Last Mile
Funding Round: Winter 2010 Broadband Initiatives Program
Grant Request:
Loan Request:
Other Funding: $3,500,000.00
$9,955,359.00
$56,413,705.00
Status: Application Received
Description: The Lake County Fiber Network will provide fibertothepremise connectivity to all homes and businesses in Lake County and eastern Saint Louis County, MN. The network will deliver state of the art voice, video and data services at affordable prices.
Public Notice Response:
Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)

Applicant: NEXTERA COMMUNICATIONS LLC
Application ID: 7493
Contact: GREG ARVIG
(218) 8186410
garvig@nextera.net
Project Title: Fort Ripley Broadband Project
Program: Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)
Proposed Project Area: Minnesota
Project Type: Last Mile
Funding Round: Winter 2010 Broadband Initiatives Program
Grant Request:
Loan Request:
Other Funding: $0.00
$2,141,250.00
$713,750.00
Status: Application Received
Description: Nextera Communications currently serves Brainerd, Baxter and Little Falls with voice and data services. Based on the proposed application Nextera will construct 7 tower sites with 4G wireless technology to serve the unserved areas surrounding Brainerd, Baxter and Little Falls. The 4G wireless system will be capable of delivering up to 5M in bandwidth to end users. Towers will be connected via a 200M backbone microwave radio system and the proposed MSED fiber system if the companion MSED grant is awarded. The proposed system will leverage existing infrastructure to create a cost effective broadband solution to unserved markets.
Public Notice Response:
Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)

Applicant: NORTHEAST SERVICE COOPERATIVE
Application ID: 6621
Contact: LYLE KEVIN MACVEY
(218) 7487623
lmacvey@nesc.k12.mn.us
Project Title: ArrowheadConnect Cook
County
Program: Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)
Proposed Project Area: Minnesota
Project Type: Last Mile
Funding Round: Winter 2010 Broadband Initiatives Program
Grant Request:
Loan Request:
Other Funding: $8,589,223.00
$18,037,502.00
$7,730,358.00
Status: Application Received
Description: Fiber to the Home project leveraging the NESC Northeast Middle Mile Project funded in Round 1. This project will provide fiber based broadband to 6,235 households in one of the sparsest and northern most counties in MN. The project employs a new public sector management model that will engage and have strong local incumbent and cable carrier support. The model is unique in that nothing like it has been proposed before and stands to be the future model for deploying networks in sparsely populated, large rural areas. The model provides for both a “unbundled fiber to the home” carrier service and a bundled “lit” service to support low income and those that cannot afford along with connecting critical services to the regional network. It also has strong participation with the funded NESC Middle Mile Fiber Project and other ARRA funded projects in the region.
Public Notice Response:
Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)

Applicant: PAUL BUNYAN RURAL TELEPHONE COOPERATIVE
Application ID: 5688
Contact: GARY JOHNSON
(218) 4441234
gjohnson@paulbunyan.net
Project Title: Northern Minnesota Broadband Extension Initiative
Program: Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)
Proposed Project Area: Minnesota
Project Type: Last Mile
Funding Round: Winter 2010 Broadband Initiatives Program
Grant Request:
Loan Request:
Other Funding: $0.00
$20,097,748.00
$9,029,422.00
Status: Application Received
Description: The rapid growth and ensuing spread of communities in the rural landscape poses a challenge for Internet services providers. Paul Bunyan Telephone’s Northern Minnesota Broadband Extension Initiative proposes to fill this need by extending broadband services to areas lacking in those
services.
Public Notice Response:
Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)

Applicant: SJOBERG\’S INC
Application ID: 5696
Contact: RICHARD J SJOBERG
(218) 6813044
rsjoberg@mncable.net
Project Title: Northwest Minnesota Fiber Project
Program: Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)
Proposed Project Area: Minnesota
Project Type: Last Mile
Funding Round: Winter 2010 Broadband Initiatives Program
Grant Request:
Loan Request:
Other Funding: $207,129.00
$649,544.00
$216,516.00
Status: Application Received
Description: Sjoberg’s inc proposes to build state of the art, fiber to the premises (RF over Glass) extensions to 4 unserved/ underserved areas near Thief River Falls and Roseau, MN. Sjoberg’s will provide these areas with 40 Mb/s Broadband service, cable TV and telephone service. This will provide new jobs and simulate economic activity in the local business and farm community. It will also be used in conjunction with Emergency Services and Healthcare.
Public Notice Response:
Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)

Applicant: UPSALA COOPERATIVE
TELEPHONE ASSOCIATION
Application ID: 6014
Contact: TONY GEBHARD
(320) 5732122
tony@sytekcom.com
Project Title: MN TriCounty
Wireless Broadband Initiative
Program: Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)
Proposed Project Area: Minnesota
Project Type: Last Mile
Funding Round: Winter 2010 Broadband Initiatives Program
Grant Request:
Loan Request:
Other Funding: $0.00
$22,308,234.00
$7,436,078.00
Status: Application Received
Description: Sytek Communication has a long history of being a successful and progressive telecommunications company for over 100 years. Careful analysis of the potential current unserved market shows an opportunity to fill the void of Broadband services which is either not available or substandard. The Company will be able to leverage their affiliation from their extensive industry contacts, which they have gained through industry affiliations, and other third party contacts which will all help support the rural communities. The Minnesota TriCounty Broadband Project would be an extension to the current Broadband project on which we are working. Sytek Communications would manage a wireless broadband system that would serve more than 1,600 square miles of 4G (WiMax) coverage for the counties of Todd, Morrison & Mille Lacs in central Minnesota.
Public Notice Response:
Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)

Applicant: WIKSTROM TELEPHONE COMPANY, INCORPORATED
Application ID: 4806
Contact: ALAN LUNDEEN
(218) 4365214
alundeen@wiktel.com
Project Title: Wikstrom NW MN Broadband
Program: Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)
Proposed Project Area: Minnesota
Project Type: Last Mile
Funding Round: Winter 2010 Broadband Initiatives Program
Grant Request:
Loan Request:
Other Funding: $0.00
$5,179,019.00
$2,219,581.00
Status: Application Received
Description: Wikstrom Telephone’s Project will deploy 414 miles of new cables and electronics for GPON fiber to the home in 6 communities of Kittson, Marshall and Roseau County for Broadband Services over 100 megabits. Electronic enhancements will be made to existing DSL customers to increase Broadband speeds up to 48mbs, along with 74 miles of additional fiber to the node, and a 150mb microwave upgrade for service to the NW Angle. The project facilities will pass 5115 households, 1499 businesses, and 83 critical community facilities.
Public Notice Response:
Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)

Applicant: WOODSTOCK TELEPHONE CO INC
Application ID: 4875
Contact: KEN KNUTH
(507) 7772201
k.knuth@fecinc.com
Project Title: WTC 2010 Broadband Initiative
Program: Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)
Proposed Project Area: Minnesota
Project Type: Last Mile
Funding Round: Winter 2010 Broadband Initiatives Program
Grant Request:
Loan Request:
Other Funding: $763,200.00
$10,629,096.00
$4,555,328.00
Status: Application Received
Description: Woodstock Telephone Company will expand its fiber network into neighboring rural communities by providing FTTP for over 3600 premises in 15 communities located within 3 counties in Southwest Minnesota. This expanded fiber network will provide bandwidth of over 20Mbps for advanced voice and data services. The company will utilize experienced management professionals to lead the deployment, operation, and maintenance of this new infrastructure, contributing to project success, efficient timeframes, and reducing the overall costs of deployment and maintenance.
Public Notice Response:

Applicant: QWEST CORPORATION
Application ID: 4823
Contact: MELISSA NEWMAN
(202) 4293120
Melissa.Newman@qwest.com
Project Title: Qwest 14state
High Speed Access Project
Program: Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)
Proposed Project Area: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota,
Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
Project Type: Last Mile
Funding Round: Winter 2010 Broadband Initiatives Program
Grant Request:
Loan Request:
Other Funding: $118,170,540.00
$348,806,468.00
$0.00
Status: Application Received
Description: Qwest Corporation’s project proposes deployment of High Speed Access within its current 14state ILEC footprint. Over 500,000 living units (LUs) in AZ, CO, ID, IA, MN, MT, NE, ND, NM, OR, SD, UT, WA and WY will be served with speeds ranging up to 40 Mbps downstream. About 90% of the LUs proposed for new or upgraded broadband service are in rural areas. The system design uses a combination of technologies including Ethernet, fiber and radio backhaul to reach covered LUs and varies based on the specific location and geography. The project will provide last mile infrastructure to support increasing capacity requirements and integrate new broadband
dependent applications and technologies. And, if funded, the project’s $467 M investment will create more than 23,000 jobs for local economies in the 14 states (calculated from the Atkinson formula offered in a 2009 broadband study).
Public Notice Response:

Applicant: AIM WIRELESS SOLUTIONS, INC
Application ID: 7247
Contact: AHMAD ISSAM MALKAWI
(847) 3406250
amalkawi@aimws.com
Project Title: Last mile for rural areas in the state of MN
Program: Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)
Proposed Project Area: Minnesota
Project Type: Last Mile
Funding Round: Winter 2010 Broadband Initiatives Program
Grant Request:
Loan Request:
Other Funding: $2,107,541.00
$4,144,081.00
$2,047,071.00
Status: Application Received
Description: To deploy a WIMAX (802.16e standard) high speed broadband network in underserved and unserved areas in the state of MN. The network will offer reasonable and affordable high speed broadband data and voice over IP.
Public Notice Response:

Applicant: IOWA TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES, INC.
Application ID: 7686
Contact: DAVID PORTER
(641) 7872928
David.Porter@IowaTelecom.com
Project Title: Connecting Rural Iowa: HighSpeed
Broadband Expansion 2
Program: Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)
Proposed Project Area: Iowa, Minnesota
Project Type: Last Mile
Funding Round: Winter 2010 Broadband Initiatives Program
Grant Request:
Loan Request:
Other Funding: $4,078,946.00
$12,236,836.00
$0.00
Status: Application Received
Description: Iowa Telecom proposes to establish new DLC/DSL nodes to expand highspeed broadband capability to 80 proposed funded service areas throughout Iowa. Each project will consist of burying fiber transport from the serving central office to the new node location or of connecting the new node to nearby existing fiber cable or to fiber cable placed in the middlemile application that Iowa Telecom also has filed in Round 2. The last mile networks that will be created through the various projects in this application will be capable of delivering broadband speeds of 3 mbps up to 15 mbps for residential and business customers between their premises and the DLC/DSL node.
Areas that Iowa Telecom will serve with this project are primarily small outlying residential communities. We anticipate that this project will pass approximately 9,939 households and a relatively small amount of businesses
Public Notice Response:

Applicant: WINNEBAGO COOPERATIVE TELECOM ASSOCIATION
Application ID: 4975
Contact: TERRY WEGENER
(641) 5926105
terrywegener@wctatel.com
Project Title: WCTA 2010 Broadband Initiative
Program: Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)
Proposed Project Area: Iowa, Minnesota
Project Type: Last Mile
Funding Round: Winter 2010 Broadband Initiatives Program
Grant Request:
Loan Request:
Other Funding: $0.00
$9,816,202.00
$9,816,202.00
Status: Application Received
Description: WCTA will expand the existing portions of its fiber network by providing FTTP for rural portions of about 21 communities in Iowa and Minnesota, and will provide bandwidth of over 5Mbps for advanced voice, video, and data services. The proposed service area is 100% rural and serves population in six counties. WCTA will utilize an experienced team of professionals to manage, deploy, operate, and maintain this new infrastructure, contributing to project success, efficient timeframes, and reducing the overall costs of deployment and maintenance.
Public Notice Response:

Applicant: KEYON COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
Application ID: 6040
Contact: JASON LAZAR
(310) 4036307
jason.lazar@keyon.com
Project Title: KeyOn WiMAX Minnesota
Program: Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)
Proposed Project Area: Minnesota
Project Type: Last Mile
Funding Round: Winter 2010 Broadband Initiatives Program
Grant Request:
Loan Request:
Other Funding: $19,366,993.00
$21,344,880.00
$9,182,141.00
Status: Application Received
Description: KeyOn will deliver fourth generation (4G), lastmile wireless broadband and digital phone service(VoIP) to 716,575 people in 361 of the most rural communities in Minnesota. Using KeyOn’s nationwide 3.65GHz license and the standards based WiMAX protocol, our network will offer Internet and digital phone service to 278,161 households and 37,828 businesses passed at speeds of up to 8Mbps download/1.5Mbps upload at a cost far lower than competing technologies. KeyOn’s existing footprint covers customers in 11 states and over 50,000 square miles. Our financial strength and management team experience will ensure that the communities and their surrounding areas in the targeted PFSAs will be afforded nextgeneration broadband access into the foreseeable future.
Public Notice Response:

Applicant: RED RIVER RURAL TELEPHONE ASSN (INC)
Application ID: 4733
Contact: JEFFREY J. OLSON
(701) 5538309
jeffolson@rrt.net
Project Title: RRT FTTP Broadband Upgrade Rural MN, ND and SD Exchanges
Program: Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)
Proposed Project Area: Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota
Project Type: Last Mile
Funding Round: Winter 2010 Broadband Initiatives Program
Grant Request:
Loan Request:
Other Funding: $1,009,826.00
$4,544,219.00
$4,544,219.00
Status: Application Received
Description: The Red River Telephone (RRT) Fiber to the Premise (FTTP) Broadband Upgrade of rural Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota exchanges will entail installing fiber to the premise to 1,272 unserved and underserved customer locations in 6 rural exchanges served by Red River Rural Telephone Association in Ransom, Richland, and Sargent counties of North Dakota, as well as Wilkin county in Minnesota and Roberts and Marshall counties in South Dakota. This extensive project will place approximately 690 route miles of fiber optic cable to the proposed areas, bringing broadband capabilities up to 100Mbps to customers who otherwise have relied on lesser quality services such as dialup, wireless or satellite broadband services, all of which offer speeds below the required service level.
Public Notice Response:

Applicant: NATIONAL RURAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS COOPERATIVE
Application ID: 6781
Contact: CHRIS MARTIN
(703) 7877288
cmartin@nrtc.coop
Project Title: Mille Lacs E.C. Mille
Lacs County
Program: Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)
Proposed Project Area: Minnesota
Project Type: Last Mile
Funding Round: Winter 2010 Broadband Initiatives Program
Grant Request:
Loan Request:
Other Funding: $0.00
$1,060,035.00
$454,301.00
Status: Application Received
Description: The National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) will bring affordable and reliable wireless broadband services to those rural portions of Mille Lacs County that lack highspeed broadband access. Using WiMAX technology, NRTC’s proposed network will pass 4,676 households, 1,020 businesses and 56 critical community facilities/public safety entities and will create/save 4 jobs in Mille Lacs County. With over 20 years of experience in bringing innovative telecommunications products and services to rural America, NRTC has the track record to deploy promptly, ensure financial sustainability of the project, and facilitate rural economic development.
Public Notice Response:

Applicant: NATIONAL RURAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS COOPERATIVE
Application ID: 6778
Contact: CHRIS MARTIN
(703) 7877288
cmartin@nrtc.coop
Project Title: Mille Lacs E.C. Crow
Wing County
Program: Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)
Proposed Project Area: Minnesota
Project Type: Last Mile
Funding Round: Winter 2010 Broadband Initiatives Program
Grant Request:
Loan Request:
Other Funding: $0.00
$3,427,801.00
$1,469,059.00
Status: Application Received
Description: The National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) will bring affordable and reliable
wireless broadband services to those rural portions of Crow Wing County that lack highspeed
broadband access. Using WiMAX technology, NRTC’s proposed network will pass 5,523
households, 339 businesses and 89 critical community facilities/public safety entities and will
create/save 14 jobs in Crow Wing County. With over 20 years of experience in bringing innovative
telecommunications products and services to rural America, NRTC has the track record to deploy
promptly, ensure financial sustainability of the project, and facilitate rural economic development.
Public Notice Response:

Applicant: NATIONAL RURAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS COOPERATIVE
Application ID: 6777
Contact: CHRIS MARTIN
(703) 7877288
cmartin@nrtc.coop
Project Title: Mille Lacs E.C. Aitken
County
Program: Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)
Proposed Project Area: Minnesota
Project Type: Last Mile
Funding Round: Winter 2010 Broadband Initiatives Program
Grant Request:
Loan Request:
Other Funding: $0.00
$386,386.00
$165,595.00
Status: Application Received
Description: The National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) will bring affordable and reliable wireless broadband services to those rural portions of Aitkin County that lack highspeed broadband access. Using WiMAX technology, NRTC’s proposed network will pass 355 households, 26 businesses and 11 critical community facilities/public safety entities and will create/ save 2 jobs in Aitken County. With over 20 years of experience in bringing innovative telecommunications products and services to rural America, NRTC has the track record to deploy promptly, ensure financial sustainability of the project, and facilitate rural economic development.
Public Notice Response:

Applicant: NATIONAL RURAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS COOPERATIVE
Application ID: 6761
Contact: CHRIS MARTIN
(703) 7877288
cmartin@nrtc.coop
Project Title: McLeod C.P.A. McLeod
County
Program: Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)
Proposed Project Area: Minnesota
Project Type: Last Mile
Funding Round: Winter 2010 Broadband Initiatives Program
Grant Request:
Loan Request:
Other Funding: $0.00
$1,151,778.00
$493,619.00
Status: Application Received
Description: The National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) will bring affordable and reliable wireless broadband services to those rural portions of McLeod County that lack highspeed broadband access. Using WiMAX technology, NRTC’s proposed network will pass 6,054 households, 1,382 businesses and 51 critical community facilities/public safety entities and will create/save 5 jobs in McLeod County. With over 20 years of experience in bringing innovative telecommunications products and services to rural America, NRTC has the track record to deploy promptly, ensure financial sustainability of the project, and facilitate rural economic development.
Public Notice Response:

Applicant: NATIONAL RURAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS COOPERATIVE
Application ID: 6776
Contact: CHRIS MARTIN
(703) 7877288
cmartin@nrtc.coop
Project Title: McLeod C.P.A. Sibley
County
Program: Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)
Proposed Project Area: Minnesota
Project Type: Last Mile
Funding Round: Winter 2010 Broadband Initiatives Program
Grant Request:
Loan Request:
Other Funding: $0.00
$637,472.00
$273,202.00
Status: Application Received
Description: The National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) will bring affordable and reliable wireless broadband services to those rural portions of Sibley County that lack highspeed broadband access. Using WiMAX technology, NRTC’s proposed network will pass 1,445 households, 164 businesses and 20 critical community facilities/public safety entities and will create/save 3 jobs in Sibley County. With over 20 years of experience in bringing innovative telecommunications products and services to rural America, NRTC has the track record to deploy promptly, ensure financial sustainability of the project, and facilitate rural economic development.
Public Notice Response:

Applicant: NATIONAL RURAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS COOPERATIVE
Application ID: 6762
Contact: CHRIS MARTIN
(703) 7877288
cmartin@nrtc.coop
Project Title: McLeod C.P.A. Renville
County
Program: Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)
Proposed Project Area: Minnesota
Project Type: Last Mile
Funding Round: Winter 2010 Broadband Initiatives Program
Grant Request:
Loan Request:
Other Funding: $0.00
$504,600.00
$216,258.00
Status: Application Received
Description: The National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) will bring affordable and reliable wireless broadband services to those rural portions of Renville County that lack highspeed broadband access. Using WiMAX technology, NRTC’s proposed network will pass 1,467 households, 221 businesses and 22 critical community facilities/public safety entities and will create/save 2 jobs in Renville County. With over 20 years of experience in bringing innovative telecommunications products and services to rural America, NRTC has the track record to deploy promptly, ensure financial sustainability of the project, and facilitate rural economic development.
Public Notice Response:

Applicant: ARIZONA TELEPHONE COMPANY
Application ID: 5543
Contact: TIMOTHY W ULRICH
(608) 6644114
timothy.ulrich@tdstelecom.com
Project Title: Arizona Telephone Company: Broadband project to serve rural unserved establishments
Program: Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)
Proposed Project Area: Arizona, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Wisconsin
Project Type: Last Mile
Funding Round: Winter 2010 Broadband Initiatives Program
Grant Request:
Loan Request:
Other Funding: $1,338,270.00
$4,014,808.00
$0.00
Status: Application Received
Description: Arizona Telephone Company, a subsidiary of TDS Telecom, proposes a project to bring highspeed DSL broadband service to unserved establishments 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.
Public Notice Response:

Applicant: ARVIG TELEPHONE COMPANY
Application ID: 6016
Contact: TIMOTHY W. ULRICH
(608) 6644114
gra@tdstelecom.com
Project Title: Arvig Telephone Company: Broadband project to serve rural unserved establishments
Program: Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)
Proposed Project Area: Arizona, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Wisconsin
Project Type: Last Mile
Funding Round: Winter 2010 Broadband Initiatives Program
Grant Request:
Loan Request:
Other Funding: $1,682,722.00
$5,048,168.00
$0.00
Status: Application Received
Description: Arvig Telephone Company, a subsidiary of TDS Telecom, proposes a project to bring highspeed DSL broadband service to unserved establishments 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.
Public Notice Response:

Applicant: BERTRAM COMMUNICATIONS, LLC
Application ID: 6628
Contact: JAMES BERTRAM
(920) 9942388
broadbandusa@bertramwireless.com
Project Title: Wisconsin on Wireless (WOW)
Program: Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)
Proposed Project Area: Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin
Project Type: Last Mile
Funding Round: Winter 2010 Broadband Initiatives Program
Grant Request:
Loan Request:
Other Funding: $0.00
$15,640,773.00
$36,495,136.00
Status: Application Received
Description: The Bertram Wireless project will provide the first ever 4G highspeed broadband Internet service to underserved areas in North and Eastern Wisconsin.
Public Notice Response:

Applicant: DELTA COUNTY TELECOMM,
INC
Application ID: 5583
Contact: TIMOTHY W ULRICH
(608) 6644114
timothy.ulrich@tdstelecom.com
Project Title: Delta County TeleComm,
Inc.: Broadband project to serve rural unserved establishments
Program: Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)
Proposed Project Area: Arizona, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Wisconsin
Project Type: Last Mile
Funding Round: Winter 2010 Broadband Initiatives Program
Grant Request:
Loan Request:
Other Funding: $608,993.00
$1,826,979.00
$0.00
Status: Application Received
Description: Delta County TeleComm,
Inc., a subsidiary of TDS Telecom, proposes a project to bring highspeed DSL broadband service to unserved establishments 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.
Public Notice Response:

Applicant: HILBERT COMMUNICATIONS LLC
Application ID: 7723
Contact: STEVEN JAMES SCHNEIDER
(920) 2022390
sschneider@intelegra.biz
Project Title: See a Need. Fill a Need. Rural Wisconsin.
Program: Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)
Proposed Project Area: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin
Project Type: Last Mile
Funding Round: Winter 2010 Broadband Initiatives Program
Grant Request:
Loan Request:
Other Funding: $24,733,314.00
$37,087,522.00
$37,087,522.00
Status: Application Received
Description: Hilbert Communications intends to provide 7.214.4 Mbps broadband service throughout unserved and underserved portions of 26 counties in rural Wisconsin utilizing AlcatelLucent UMTS HSPA+ equipment and connecting these sites with a combination of Hilbert’s existing 1,200 mile fiberoptic cable system operating at 1040
GBps as well as through fiber being built through awards made to the State of Wisconsin Department of Administration Middle Mile and The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System Middle Mile awarded in Round1 of the ARRA Rural Broadband Grants under open access filing. Individual homes and businesses will be connected by utilizing a product known as the “BugSurfer”(tm)which contains two Ethernet ports with tested speeds of 3.0 to 7.2 Mbps Downlink and 3.0 to 5.4 Mbps Uplink. The BugSurfer also has a built in WiFi “Hotspot” and a VoIP port for voice.
Public Notice Response:

Applicant: ISLAND TELEPHONE COMPANY
Application ID: 6020
Contact: TIMOTHY W. ULRICH
(608) 6644114
gra@tdstelecom.com
Project Title: Island Telephone Company: Broadband project to serve rural unserved establishments
Program: Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)
Proposed Project Area: Michigan, Minnesota
Project Type: Last Mile
Funding Round: Winter 2010 Broadband Initiatives Program
Grant Request:
Loan Request:
Other Funding: $667,176.00
$2,001,528.00
$0.00
Status: Application Received
Description: Island Telephone Company, a subsidiary of TDS Telecom, proposes a project to bring highspeed DSL broadband service to unserved establishments 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.
Public Notice Response:

Applicant: MARQUETTEADAMS
TELEPHONE COOPERATIVE, INC.
Application ID: 6060
Contact: JERRY LYDELL SCHNEIDER
(608) 5720106
jschneider@maadtelco.com
Project Title: Broadband Edge Out MarquetteAdams
Telephone Cooperative
Program: Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)
Proposed Project Area: Arizona, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Wisconsin
Project Type: Last Mile
Funding Round: Winter 2010 Broadband Initiatives Program
Grant Request:
Loan Request:
Other Funding: $0.00
$13,805,175.00
$6,202,326.00
Status: Application Received
Description: Extend fiber optic service from existing Telephone Cooperative service area to unserved rural areas bordering our current territory. All customers in our current territory can get broadband serves, digital cable television and advanced voices service from us now. As a Cooperative we are committed to provide the highest grade of service at the lowest price that can insure a sustained reliable network.

Applicant: MIDSTATE
TELEPHONE CO.
Application ID: 5527
Contact: TIMOTHY W. ULRICH
(608) 6644114
gra@tdstelecom.com
Project Title: MidState
Telephone Company: Broadband project to serve rural unserved establishments
Program: Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)
Proposed Project Area: Michigan, Minnesota
Project Type: Last Mile
Funding Round: Winter 2010 Broadband Initiatives Program
Grant Request:
Loan Request:
Other Funding: $1,105,145.00
$3,315,435.00
$0.00
Status: Application Received
Description: MidState
Telephone Company, a subsidiary of TDS Telecom, proposes a project to bring highspeed DSL broadband service to unserved establishments 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.
Public Notice Response:

Applicant: PIERCE, COUNTY OF
Application ID: 5191
Contact: BRAD ROY
(715) 2736747
brad.roy@co.pierce.wi.us
Project Title: Pierce County Broadband
Program: Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)
Proposed Project Area: Minnesota, Wisconsin
Project Type: Last Mile
Funding Round: Winter 2010 Broadband Initiatives Program
Grant Request:
Loan Request:
Other Funding: $1,000,000.00
$35,335,000.00
$0.00
Status: Application Received
Description: Pierce County Broadband is a project to provide mobile broadband throughout Pierce County, WI. The project will make broadband available for every resident and business. The secure network will also improve public safety, support economic development, enhance health care and advance educational opportunities.

Applicant: WEST PENOBSCOT TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH COMPANY, THE
Application ID: 5548
Contact: TIMOTHY W. ULRICH
(608) 6644114
gra@tdstelecom.com
Project Title: West Penobscot Telephone and Telegraph Co: Broadband project to serve rural unserved
establishments
Program: Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP)
Proposed Project Area: Arizona, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Wisconsin
Project Type: Last Mile
Funding Round: Winter 2010 Broadband Initiatives Program
Grant Request:
Loan Request:
Other Funding: $518,327.00
$1,554,981.00
$0.00
Status: Application Received
Description: The West Penobscot Telephone and Telegraph Company, a subsidiary of TDS Telecom, proposes a project to bring highspeed DSL broadband service to unserved establishments 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.

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

3 thoughts on “Minnesota Round Two BIP applications are out

  1. Thanks Ann, thanks for posting this…how about the ones that appear to have no tie to Minnesota? App ID #: 5923, 5415, 5997, 7251, 4254, 6472, 7226, 7642, 7784.

    I imagine the connections are buried somewhere deeper within the factsheets? Hmmm…

  2. Probably it means I grabbed a bunch of Michigan projects. Thanks for your eagle eye!! To reduce confusion, I’ll eliminate those Michigan numbers.

    Thanks a bunch!

  3. Pingback: BIP Round Two Responses related to Minnesota « Blandin on Broadband

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