Details of the 2019 MN Broadband Grant Awards

Earlier this week, the Office of Broadband Development unveiled the 2019 MN Broadband Awards. Now I’ve had a chance to collect the data into a spreadsheet. And look at some of the high level info from the Office of Broadband Development.

Here are some of the summaries:

  • # of Projects Recommended for funding: 30 (out of 80 proposals)
  • Total Grant $ Recommendations:  $23,270,933 (out of $70 million requested)
  • # of Passings:  10,938

A breakdown by location:

  • Central: 6 projects –   $4,672,081
  • Northland: 4 projects –   $4,126,999
  • Northwest: 2 projects –   $1,591,526
  • Southern: 5 projects –   $5,940,297
  • Southwest: 3 projects –   $1,212,517
  • Twin Cities: 3 projects –   $1,148,469
  • West Central: 5 projects – $2,465,618
  • Tribe: 3 projects –   $2,113,426

And various details on the process and outcomes:

  • Local/private match $35.9M
  • Total Number of locations served 10,938
  • Unserved locations 8,240
  • Underserved locations   2,698
  • Households to be served 9,398
  • Businesses to be served 436
  • Farms to be served 1,044
  • Community anchor institutions to be served 60
  • Challenges submitted      31
  • Number of challengers   14
  • Number of projects challenged   23
  • Number of challenges resulting in partial or non-funding               12

And here is high level info on each award (based on the summaries from the OBD) . I know this information will not format well on the website but it is easier to use and read in Excel.)

Project Counties Company Grant local total unserved locations underserved speeds
Rural Houston Exchange FTTH houston, winona AcenTek $2,895,318 $6,755,741 $9,651,059 485 424 Gig
Cormorant Lakes Area Project Otter Tail, Becker, Clay Arvig $430,780 $800,020 $1,230,800 481 Gig
Eden Valley & Melrose Area Project Stearns Arvig $393,890 $731,510 $1,125,400 84 336 Gig
Ramey Phase I Benton, Morrison, Mille Lacs Benton $936,759 $1,739,695 $2,676,454 361 25/25
Le Sueur County Project Le Sueur, Rice, Scott BEVCOMM $1,857,376 $1,857,376 $3,714,752 568 Gig
NE Pine Island Fiber Project Phase I Goodhue, Olmsted BEVCOMM $222,222 $412,698 $634,920 77 Gig
Rural Faribault County Project Faribault, Martin BEVCOMM $579,781 $869,670 $1,449,451 162 14 GIg
Bois Forte FTTH Bois Forte Bois Forte Tribal Government $1,248,790 $1,248,790 $2,497,580 10 468 100/20
Nessel Township FTTH Project Chisago CenturyLink $1,657,550 $3,867,617 $5,525,167 956 64 Gig
Lake Carlos Project Douglas Charter Communications $74,540 $74,541 $149,081 47  940/35
Rosemount North Project Dakota Charter Communications $499,072 $499,072 $998,144 40 225  940/35
Fort Ripley/Executive Acres Project Morrison, Crow Wing CTC $830,587 $830,588 $1,661,175 279 120 Gig
Round Lake Fiber Project Aitkin Emily Cooperative Telephone Company $376,000 $376,000 $752,000 242 103 Gig
Big Lake Road Project Carlton, Fond du Lac $602,916 $602,916 $1,205,832 37 99 Gig
Krohnfeldt Drive FTTH Project Douglas Gardonville Cooperative Telephone Association $42,921 $52,459 $95,380 24 Gig
Rural East Grand Forks Expansion Project Polk Halstad Telephone Company $440,000 $627,362 $1,067,362 79 22 Gig
Independence MN Project Hennepin Mediacom Minnesota LLC $139,039 $139,040 $278,079 105 Gig/50
Lake Louisa/Lake Marie Project Wright Meeker Coop. Light & Power Assoc. (Vibrant Broadband) $297,940 $695,194 $993,134 206 100/20
Renville Project Renville Midco $230,835 $692,503 $923,338 677 Gig/20
Scandia Project Washington Midco $510,358 $510,359 $1,020,717 64 155 Gig/20
MLEC Phase 3 FTTH Project with CTC Aitkin Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative (MLEC) $1,253,955 $1,565,944 $2,819,899 282 225 Gig
Rural Lucan Fiber Project Redwood MVTC (Minnesota Valley Telephone Company, Inc.) $635,400 $776,600 $1,412,000 125 Gig
Hutchinson W Project Meeker, Renville Nuvera Communications, Inc $346,282 $564,422 $910,704 109 Gig
New Ulm SW Project Brown Nuvera Communications, Inc $385,600 $716,113 $1,101,713 128 Gig
Long and Fish Lakes Project Otter Tail, Becker, Clay Otter Tail Telcom LLC $156,954 $291,486 $448,440 88 Gig/20
North Central Minnesota Fiber Project Leech Lake, Cass, Itasca, Koochiching, St. Louis Paul Bunyan Communications $2,562,916 $3,705,484 $6,268,400 914 439 Gig
South Alexandria Project Douglas Runestone Telecom Association $1,760,423 $2,640,635 $4,401,058 908 Gig
Glen Township Broadband Expansion Project Aitkin SCI Broadband (Savage Communications Inc.) $195,848 $205,847 $401,695 276 250/20
Rural Staples Phase I Project Tod WCTA (West Central Telephone Association) $555,355 $678,768 $1,234,123 109 Gig
Wiktel NW MN Broadband Project Kittson, Marshall, Lake of the Woods, Pennington, Roseau Wikstrom Telephone $1,151,526 $1,407,420 $2,558,946 316 Gig
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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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