DEED just released their 2016 annual report. I thought the section on the Office of Broadband Development would be of interest. I’ll add in my own two cents to say I have heard nothing but high praise for the Office from all corners of the state and beyond – from communities, provider and policymakers…
OFFICE OF BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT
The Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program received $35 million in new funding to encourage the continued expansion of broadband access to unserved and underserved communities around the state.
Most of that funding was awarded to 42 projects in Greater Minnesota in the latest competitive grant round that was announced in January 2017. These grants are anticipated to reach more than 11,000 previously unserved and under-served households, businesses and community anchor institutions.
Grant Project Status Report:
- For first-round projects, eight of 16 have been completed. Total fiber miles: 1,591. Number of passings: 4,107.
- Four of 15 second-round projects have been completed. Total fiber miles: 655. Number of passings: 2,086.
Broadband Outreach and Technical Assistance
Broadband staff presented at 54 conferences and public meetings to more than 3,200 people and conducted 20 site visits to current grant projects.
The office co-sponsored the Advancing the Vision statewide broadband conference and published 12 monthly issues of the “Office of Broadband Development Update” blog to 1,600 subscribers.
Broadband Data and Mapping
The office conducted its annual inventory of broadband availability across the state and produced over 100 maps and data sets measuring broadband capacity across Minnesota.
I was going to post other items of interest – but there were too many of them. It’s worth a quick perusal of the report to see if there’s any you, your company or your community can use to make life easier.