DEED Broadband Updates: Events, Looking for Mapping Ideas and Task Force Openings

The latest newsletter from DEED’s Office of Broadband Development is out. Here are some of the highlights…

Border to Border Infrastructure Grant Applications Due September 15

Reminder—the deadline for applying for the 2015 Border to Border Broadband Infrastructure grant program is fast approaching. Applications can be submitted until 4:00 p.m., September 15, 2015.

The application is available on our website at http://mn.gov/deed/programs-services/broadband/grant-program/index.jsp. We have also posted an FAQ document and information on the challenge process. If you have any additional questions, you can reach us at 651/259-7610 or at DEED.broadband@state.mn.us

If your area/community/neighborhood is interested in broadband service but unable to file an application at this time, we would encourage you to fill out an expression of interest to help us document interest in the grant program. An expression of interest can be submitted by filling out the form available at http://mn.gov/deed/programs-services/broadband/grant-program/bbinterest.jsp

Broadband Mapping for Minnesota

On September 3, the Office held a meeting with mapping stakeholders to gather input for developing specifications for the next round of broadband mapping. If you have thoughts or ideas on how the mapping data is collected or presented, please email the office deed.broadband@state.mn.us with your input on what you would like to see considered in future rounds of broadband mapping.

Governor’s Task Force on Broadband Vacancy

There is currently a vacancy on the Task Force. Applications are being solicited through the open appointments process and are due September 30. The announcement and application material is on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website at: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=308

Upcoming Events

Tomorrow!

Governor’s Task Force on Broadband: The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 10, 2015. Location will be at the James J. Hill Conference Room at DEED’s offices in the 1st National Bank Building, 332 Minnesota Street, St. Paul. Here’s a link to the Agenda. Please note that there is an hour scheduled to take comments on what broadband speed goals the Task Force should recommend to replace the goals expiring in 2015.

Tomorrow!

Universal Service Fund – Supporting Broadband in Rural Places Webinar: We are fortunate to have two representatives from the FCC visiting the state on September 10th to address the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband about new E-Rate opportunities. In addition to in-person meetings, they have agreed to do a live webinar while they are here. Sign up here, and please pass along to your K-12 colleagues who may be interested.

Save the Date! Border to Border Broadband: Better Together  November 18-20, 2015. Minneapolis Marriot West. Details to come. Sponsored by the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development and the Blandin Foundation.

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