MN broadband grant requests $50.3 million – more than twice available funds

Monday was the deadline for the Minnesota Border to Border grant applications. The Office of Broadband Development reports that they received 70 applications, totaling $50.3 million in requests and representing $112 million in total project costs. During the 2017 session, the legislature included $20 million in funds for the Border-to-Border Broadband grant program.

You can get a full list of applicants online (I’ll paste that info below too). The next step is to see if there are any challenges to the applications. Here’s more info on that from the OBD…

An entity wishing to challenge an application must do so by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, October 16, 2017. Challenges will only be considered from providers that submitted updated broadband mapping data to Connected Nation in the spring 2017 data collection period. Challenges must be submitted in writing to the 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.

So who is asking for funds?

  • AcenTek (2 applications)
  • Albany Mutual Telephone Company (2 applications)
  • Advantenon (6)
  • Arvig (1)
  • Benton Cooperative Telephone Company (1)
  • BEVCOMM (6)
  • Carlton County (1)
  • CenturyLink (3)
  • Farmers Mutual Telephone Company (2)
  • Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (3)
  • Garden Valley Telephone Company (1)
  • Gardonville Cooperative Telephone Association (2)
  • Halstad Telephone Company (1)
  • Hanson Communications (1)
  • Jaguar (1)
  • KMTelecom (1)
  • Mediacom (4)
  • Midco (3)
  • Midstate/TDS (3)
  • Minnesota Valley Telephone Company (1)
  • NU-Telecom (5)
  • Otter Tail Telcom (1)
  • Palmer Wireless (5)
  • Paul Bunyan Communications (1)
  • Runestone Telecom Association (1)
  • SCI (4)
  • Sjoberg’s Cable (1)
  • West Central Telephone Association (2)
  • Wikstrom Telephone Company (1)
  • Windomnet (1)
  • Winthrop Telephone Company (1)
  • Woodstock Telephone Company (3)

At what speeds:

  • 1 Gbps/1Gbps – 37 applications
  • 1Gbps/500Mbps – 4
  • 1 Gbps/100Mbps – 3
  • 1Gbps/50Mbps – 4
  • 1Gbps/20Mbps – 1
  • 940Mbps/20Mbps – 3
  • 250Mbps/20Mbps – 4
  • 100Mbps/100Mbps – 8
  • 100Mbps/20Mbps – 1
  • 25Mbps/3Mbps – 4

 

Which counties are looking for funds?
(This does not indicate that the whole county is applying, usually just a portion)

Counties:

  1. Aitkin County
  2. Benton County
  3. Brown County
  4. Carlton County
  5. Chippewa County
  6. Chisago County
  7. Cottonwood County
  8. Dodge County
  9. Douglas County
  10. Faribault County
  11. Fillmore County
  12. Freeborn County
  13. Goodhue County
  14. Grant County
  15. Hennepin County
  16. Houston County
  17. Hubbard County
  18. Itasca County
  19. Kandiyohi County
  20. Kittson County
  21. Lac qui Parle County
  22. Lake of the Woods County
  23. Lincoln County
  24. Lyon County
  25. Marshall County
  26. Martin County
  27. Mahnomen County
  28. McLeod County
  29. Meeker County
  30. Mille Lacs County
  31. Morrison County
  32. Otter Tail County
  33. Pennington County
  34. Pine County
  35. Pipestone County
  36. Polk County
  37. Pope County
  38. Ramsey County
  39. Redwood County
  40. Rice County
  41. Roseau County
  42. St Louis County
  43. Scott County
  44. Sherburne County
  45. Sibley County
  46. Stearns County
  47. Stevens County
  48. Todd County
  49. Wadena County
  50. Wilkin County
  51. Wright County
  52. Yellow Medicine County

Full list – I know this won’t show up well because table can be problematic on WordPress but I wanted to include it to make it easily searchable:

Border to Border Broadband Grant Applications Received — 2017
Applicant Project Name Proposed Broadband Service Speeds (download/upload) Proposed Geographic Broadband Service Area
AcenTek 2017 AcenTek Houston 1 Gbps/100Mbps AcenTek Houston Census Blocks

AcenTek Houston Map

AcenTek 2017 AcenTek Rushford 1 Gbps/100Mbps AcenTek Rushford Census Blocks

AcenTek Rushford Map

Albany Mutual Telephone Company 2017 Albany Big Watab Phase II 100Mbps/100Mbps Albany Big Watab Phase 2 Map
Albany Mutual Telephone Company 2017 Albany Two Rivers 100Mbps/100Mbps Albany Two Rivers Map
Advantenon 2017 Advantenon Rural Chippewa County 100Mbps/100Mbps Advantenon Rural Chippewa County Census Blocks

Advantenon Rural Chippewa County Map

Advantenon 2017 Advantenon Grant, Stevens, Wilkin Counties 100Mbps/100Mbps Advantenon Grant, Stevens, Wilkin Census Blocks

Advantenon Grant, Stevens, Wilkin County Map

Advantenon 2017 Advantenon Rural Kandiyohi County 100Mbps/100Mbps Advantenon Rural Kandiyohi County Census Blocks

Advantenon Rural Kandiyohi County Map

Advantenon 2017 Advantenon Lincoln and Lyon Counties 100Mbps/100Mbps Advantenon Lincoln and Lyon County Census Blocks

Advantenon Lincoln and Lyon County Map

Advantenon 2017 Advantenon Rural Mille Lacs County 100Mbps/100Mbps Advantenon Rural Mille Lacs County Census Blocks

Advantenon Rural Mille Lacs County Map

Advantenon 2017 Advantenon Rural Redwood County 100Mbps/100Mbps Advantenon Redwood County Census Blocks

Advantenon Redwood County Map

Arvig 2017 Arvig Pelican Rapids 1Gbps/100Mbps Arvig Pelican Rapids Location and Map
Benton Cooperative Telephone Company 2017 Benton Rice/Ramey 100Mbps/20Mbps Benton Rice/Ramey Census Blocks and Map
BEVCOMM 2017 BEVCOMM Delavan SE Rural Project 1Gbps/1Gbps Bevcomm Delavan Census Blocks and Map
BEVCOMM 2017 BEVCOMM Elmore 1Gbps/1Gbps Bevcomm Elmore Census Blocks and Map
BEVCOMM 2017 BEVCOMM Freeborn 1Gbps/1Gbps Bevcomm Freeborn Census Blocks and Map
BEVCOMM 2017 BEVCOMM Granada 1Gbps/1Gbps Bevcomm Granada Census Blocks and Map
BEVCOMM 2017 BEVCOMM Pine Island 1Gbps/1Gbps Bevcomm Pine Island Census Blocks and Map
BEVCOMM 2017 BEVCOMM Rice County New Prague 1Gbps/1Gbps Bevcomm Rice County New Prague Census Blocks and Map
Carlton County 2017 Carlton County Cromwell/Kettle River 25Mbps/3Mbps Carlton County Cromwell/Kettle River Census Blocks

Carlton County Cromwell/Kettle River Map

CenturyLink 2017 CenturyLink Fish Lake 1Gbps/1Gbps CenturyLink Fish Lake Map
CenturyLink 2017 CenturyLink Fredenberg Township 1Gbps/1Gbps CenturyLink Fredenberg Map 1

CenturyLink Fredenberg Map 2

CenturyLink 2017 CenturyLink Gnesen Township 1Gbps/1Gbps CenturyLink Gnesen Map 1

CenturyLink Gnesen Map 2

Farmers Mutual Telephone Company 2017 Farmers NE Yellow Medicine County 1Gbps/1Gbps Farmers NE Yellow Medicine County Map
Farmers Mutual Telephone Company 2017 Farmers Watson and SE Lac qui Parle Co. 1Gbps/1Gbps Farmers Watson and SE Lac qui Parle County Map
Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa 2017 Fond du Lac Big Lake 1 Gbps/1Gbps Fond du Lac Big Lake Address List

Fond du Lac Big Lake Census Blocks

Fond du Lac Big Lake Map

Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa 2017 Fond du Lac Brookston 1 Gbps/1Gbps Fond du Lac Brookston Address List

Fond du Lac Brookston Census Blocks

Fond du Lac Brookston Map

Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa 2017 Fond du Lac Saginaw 1 Gbps/1Gbps Fond du Lac Saginaw Address List

Fond du Lac Saginaw Census Blocks

Fond du Lac Saginaw Map

Garden Valley Telephone Company 2017 Garden Valley Bejou 1Gbps/1Gbps Garden Valley Bejou Census Blocks

Garden Valley Bejou Map

Gardonville Cooperative Telephone Association 2017 Gardonville Douglas County Country Estates 1Gbps/1Gbps Gardonville Country Estates Census Blocks and Map
Gardonville Cooperative Telephone Association 2017 Gardonville Douglas County Pospisil Drive 1Gbps/1Gbps Gardonville Pospisil Census Blocks and Map
Halstad Telephone Company 2017 Halstad Huntsville and Rhinehart 1Gbps/1Gbps Halstad Huntsville and Rhinehart Census Blocks and Map
Hanson Communications 2017 Hanson Minnewaska 1Gbps/1Gbps Hanson Minnewaska Census Blocks and Map
Jaguar 2017 Jaguar Sand Creek Township 1Gbps/1Gbps Jaguar Sand Creek Township Location Information

Jaguar Sand Creek Township Maps

KMTelecom 2017 KMTelecom Rural Kasson 1Gbps/1Gbps KMTelecom Rural Kasson Map
Mediacom 2017 Mediacom Carlton County 1Gbps/50Mbps Mediacom Carlton County Address List
Mediacom 2017 Mediacom Eden Valley 1Gbps/50Mbps Mediacom Eden Valley Address List
Mediacom 2017 Mediacom Fountain 1Gbps/50Mbps Mediacom Fountain Address List
Mediacom 2017 Mediacom Medina 1Gbps/50Mbps Mediacom Medina Address List
Mediacom 2017 Mediacom Wykoff 1Gbps/50Mbps Mediacom Wykoff Address List
Midco 2017 Midco Annandale East 940Mbps/20Mbps Midco Annandale East Census Blocks

Midco Annandale East Map

Midco 2017 Midco Annandale West 940Mbps/20Mbps Midco Annandale West Census Blocks

Midco Annandale West Map

Midco 2017 Midco Wanamingo 940Mbps/20Mbps Midco Wanamingo Census Blocks

Midco Wanamingo Last Mile Map

Midco Wanamingo Middle Mile Map

Midstate/TDS 2017 Midstate Kandiyohi 25Mbps/3Mbps Midstate Kandiyohi Census Blocks

Midstate Kandiyohi Map

Minnesota Valley Telephone Company 2017 MVTC Milroy 1Gbps/1Gbps MVTC Milroy Census Blocks and Map
NU-Telecom 2017 NU Telecom Hanska 1Gbps/1Gbps NU-Telecom Hanska Map
NU-Telecom 2017 NU Telecom Hutchinson 1Gbps/1Gbps NU-Telecom Hutchinson Map
NU-Telecom 2017 NU Telecom New Ulm 1Gbps/1Gbps NU-Telecom New Ulm Map
NU-Telecom 2017 NU Telecom Springfield 1Gbps/1Gbps NU-Telecom Springfield Map
NU-Telecom 2017 NU Telecom White Rock 1Gbps/1Gbps NU-Telecom White Rock Map
Otter Tail Telcom 2017 Otter Tail Red Oak Drive 25Mbps/3Mbps Otter Tail Red Oak Drive Map and Address List
Palmer Wireless 2017 Palmer Duelm Hwy 95 1Gbps/1Gbps Palmer Duelm Map and Location Information
Palmer Wireless 2017 Palmer Fisher Road Cold Spring 1Gbps/500Mbps Palmer Fisher Road Map and Location Information
Palmer Wireless 2017 Palmer Ridgeview St. Augusta 1Gbps/500Mbps Palmer Ridgeview St. Augusta Map and Location Information
Palmer Wireless 2017 Palmer Sherburne Co. Rd. 3 1Gbps/500Mbps Palmer Sherburne County Road 3 Map and Location Information
Palmer Wireless 2017 Palmer Sherburne Co. Rd. 8 1Gbps/500Mbps Palmer Sherburne County Road 8 Map and Location Information
Paul Bunyan Communications 2017 PBC North Central Fiber 1Gbps/1Gbps PBC Scenic Highway North Census Blocks

PBC Scenic Highway North Map

PBC West Warba Census Blocks

PBC West Warba Map

PBC East Warba Census Blocks

PBC East Warba map

PBC Park Rapids Hwy 34 Census Blocks

PBC Park Rapids Hwy 34 Map

PBC Side Lake Area Census Blocks

PBC Side Lake Area Map

Runestone Telecom Association 2017 Runestone Villard 1Gbps/1Gbps Runestone Villard Census Blocks and Map

Runestone Villard Google Map

SCI 2017 SCI Dell Grove 250Mbps/20Mbps SCI Dell Grove Map
SCI 2017 SCI Feeley 250Mbps/20Mbps SCI Feeley Map
SCI 2017 SCI Greenway 250Mbps/20Mbps SCI Greenway Map
SCI 2017 SCI Shamrock 250Mbps/20Mbps SCI Shamrock Map
Sjoberg’s Cable 2017 Sjoberg NW MN 1Gbps/1Gbps Sjobergs NW MN Census Blocks and Map
West Central Telephone Association 2017 WCTA Northern Todd County 1Gbps/1Gbps Northern Todd County Map

Northern Todd County Census Blocks

West Central Telephone Association 2017 WCTA Wadena Phase III 1Gbps/1Gbps Wadena Phase III Map and Census Blocks
Wikstrom Telephone Company 2017 Wikstrom NWMN 1Gbps/1Gbps Wikstrom NWMN Map

Wikstrom NWMN Census Blocks

Windomnet 2017 Windomnet Jeffers 1Gbps/20Mbps Windomnet Jeffers Census Blocks

Windomnet Jeffers Map

Winthrop Telephone Company 2017 Winthrop Cornish Township 1Gbps/1Gbps Winthrop Cornish Township Census Blocks and Map
Woodstock Telephone Company 2017 Woodstock Balaton 1Gbps/1Gbps Woodstock Balaton Map
Woodstock Telephone Company 2017 Woodstock Lynd 1Gbps/1Gbps Woodstock Lynd Map
Woodstock Telephone Company 2017-Woodstock-Pipestone County-Wireless 25/3 to 75/25 Woodstock Pipestone County Map

 

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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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