From the Office of Broadband Development: 62 applications requesting $55.5 million

Just wanted to share the updates from the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development…

62 Broadband grant requests total $55.5 million

The final tally is in: Communities and providers filed 62 grant applications by the October 3 deadline for the 2016 Border-to-Border Broadband grant program, requesting a total of $55.5 million (out of a pool of $35 million). Awards are expected to be announced by the end of this year.

Broadband grant application challenges due November 7

Entities wishing to challenge any of the 2016 Broadband grant applications must do so by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 7, 2016. Challenges will only be considered from providers that submitted updated broadband mapping data to Connected Nation in the 2016 data collection period. Note that Challenges must be submitted in writing (on paper) to OBD’s office:

Office of Broadband Development
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
1st National Bank Building
332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200
St. Paul, MN 55101-1351

A separate challenge must be submitted for each project being challenged.

For more information, go to and click on the “challenge process” tab.

And info on upcoming events…



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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.

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