Minnesota BTOP/BIP Round One awards compiled

I know I have this information buried in various past blog posts – but several times I’ve wished that I had the info in one easy space. So I thought I’d compile it here. It’s a list of the Round One BTOP and BIP awards in Minnesota (either wholly or partially). (Note: for anyone who saw this via RSS or email first – I initially mistyped Round Two, not Round One. Sorry! I just wish I had the awards for Round Two, but it’s much too early yet.)

BTOP Awards

One Economy Corporation
One Economy, the Broadband Opportunity Coalition and a diverse team of partners propose to increase adoption rates among the unserved and underserved through a comprehensive and integrated program that includes digital literacy, online content, affordable connectivity and public education that will overcome barriers to adoption and will maximize the opportunities inherent in the technology itself.
Grant Award $ 28,519,482 Get more info: http://www.ntia.doc.gov/broadbandgrants/applications/factsheets/56FS.pdf or here: http://www.one-economy.com

C. K. Blandin Foundation
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.
Grant Award $ 4,858,219 Get more info: http://www.ntia.doc.gov/broadbandgrants/applications/summaries/557.pdf or here: http://broadband.blandinfoundation.org/programs/programs-detail.php?intResourceID=1060

Mission Economic Development Agency
The Latino Microentrepreneur Tech Net is a collaborative project led by the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) of San Francisco and the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB) of San Antonio, Texas. LMTN will establish Public Computer Centers and a standardized bilingual training curriculum for Latino entrepreneurs at 17 locations nationwide and create 2,100 jobs.
Grant Award $ 3,724,128
Get more info: http://www.ntia.doc.gov/broadbandgrants/applications/summaries/1097.pdf or here: http://www.medasf.org

Regents of the University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN
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 University 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
Grant Award $ 2,862,333
Get more info: http://www.ntia.doc.gov/broadbandgrants/applications/summaries/1158.pdf or here: http://www.uroc.umn.edu/programs/bap.html

OneCommunity
The Knight Center of Digital Excellence, along with the nation’s top digital adoption experts, proposes the Connect Your Community project to ENGAGE, TRAIN, EQUIP, and SUPPORT new broadband users in ten regions, ultimately empowering more than 50,000 individuals from vulnerable groups to reap the benefits of being digitally connected. The Knight Center is a program of award-winning OneCommunity.
Grant Award $ 28,701,771
Get more info: http://www.ntia.doc.gov/broadbandgrants/applications/summaries/2434.pdf or here: http://www.onecommunity.org

BIP Awards

Minnesota Valley Television Improvement Corporation
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.
Grant request $562,776 Loan request $562,776 Other Funding $281,388 Get more info: http://www.ntia.doc.gov/broadbandgrants/applications/responses/441pnr.pdf or here: http://www.mvtvwireless.com/tag/federal-stimulus-funding/

BIP/BTOP Awards

Northeast Service Cooperative Mountain Iron, MN
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.
Grant request* $ 21,749,110
Loan request $ 21,749,110
Get more info: http://www.ntia.doc.gov/broadbandgrants/applications/responses/1928pnr.pdf

City of Windom
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.
Grant request* $ 6,350,250
Loan request $ 6,350,250
Get more info: http://www.ntia.doc.gov/broadbandgrants/applications/summaries/2227.pdf or here: http://swmbg.com/

Halstad Telephone Company
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.
Grant request* $ 3,277,500
Loan request $ 3,277,500
Get more info: http://www.ntia.doc.gov/broadbandgrants/applications/summaries/2399.pdf or here: http://www.halstadtel.com

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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