Minnesota Broadband Fund Meeting Notes: Final session tomorrow in Perham

The Office of Broadband Development continues to tour Minnesota with a preview of information on the Border to Border Infrastructure Grant Program. If that’s new to you – or you’d like a reminder on the details, you can check out the webinar that Danna MacKenzie did with the Blandin Foundation earlier this summer…

DEED has been working on a list of FAQs based on the meetings.

The final meeting is tomorrow:

Tuesday, August 26 from 3:00 to 4:30 Perham Area Public Library 225 2nd Avenue NE Perham

Just last week I attended the meeting in Owatonna. It was attended by about 25 people – providers, County IT folks, reporters and elected officials. People had pretty specific questions. I had them all typed up and then to be honest I somehow lost them over the weekend – but maybe the highlights are better anyways…

  • The Request for Proposals will come out in last September – no specific date has been set yet.
  • A draft application will not be made available since they push is to get the actually application form out ASAP.
  • They are checking into any issues with prevailing wages to see if there are minimum requirements for salaries.
  • People are encouraged to apply – whether they feel the application is solid or complete or not. The ideas alone may help paint the need for future legislative funds for broadband.
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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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