eNews: MN Monthly Recap: Federal, state local funding for broadband

MN Broadband Task Force Meeting May 2021 Notes: Fixed Wireless & State Demographer
MN Broadband Task Force heard from the State Demographer about how Minnesota is growing but at a slower rate than before. They also heard from fixed wireless providers who spoke about the advancements in service in southern and central Minnesota. They also mentioned the trouble with trees in Northern MN impacting wireless services.

Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB)
The EBB is designed to offset monthly broadband subscription fees for low-income households. Unfortunately, some providers are using the opportunity to try to upsell customers who qualify for the subsidy. It has also inspired research on the average costs of broadband in the US ($1200) and folks have looked at how customers expense has grown faster than provider cost.

Rural Areas Need Broadband
The New Work Times reports that rural areas need broadband to attract rural workers. While the Bemidji Pioneer reports that rural areas need broadband to ensure that residents have access to tele-mental health.

State Policy Issues (in reverse chronological order)

Federal Policy Issues (in reverse chronological order)

Impact of COVID-19

Vendor News

Local Broadband News

Cass and Crow Wing County
Better broadband planned for Cass and Crow Wing County

Chisago Lakes
Chisago Lakes surveys show that more than 60 percent not happy with broadband speed or reliability

Chisago Lakes Strut Your Stuff Tour highlights manufacturing tours, new website, getting seniors connected

Cook County
Cook County on top of COVID and broadband helps

Two broadband views in Duluth News Tribune – and a place for partnership between electric coops and broadband providers

Ely and Little Falls
CTC works with Ely and Little Falls to bring fiber to local businesses

Telehealth is one way to help mental health resources reach rural Minnesota

HBC Brings 5 Gbps FTTP Residential Service to Hastings

New FirstNet Cell Site Launches in Lewiston to Support First Responders

Long Prairie
Long Prairie (MN) partners with CTC for FTTH

HBC Expands Service Area in Miesville

North Branch
North Branch gets wireless with CARES funding and Genesis Wireless

St Louis County
People with disabilities need broadband for jobs; that’s 27,480 in St Louis County alone

St Paul
St Paul could use COVID money for better broadband

Wright County
Wright County asks residents to take time to do a broadband speed test

Mendota Heights
Broadband coverage in Mendota Heights varies drastically by zip code 

Northeastern MN
New FirstNet Cell Sites Launch in Northeastern Minnesota to Support First Responders

Mayo Clinic doctor says Digital Healthcare is Healthcare

Scott County
Scott County uses CARES funding for fixed wireless broadband

Twin Cities
St Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) gets grant to support digital inclusion in the Twin Cities

Yellow Medicine
Yellow Medicine County is getting more FTTH this Fall from Arvig

Upcoming Events, Opportunities and Resources

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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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