eNews: MN Monthly Recap Aug 2022: Opportunities and Resources

Blandin Broadband Conference Canceled
Better with Broadband: Reflect. Recharge. Inspire., Blandin Foundation’s annual broadband conference, has been canceled.
While we won’t be gathering in person, you can expect to continue receiving emerging broadband news and funding updates on the Blandin on Broadband blog in the coming months. Thank you for your continued commitment to expanding access and use of broadband in rural Minnesota.

Telehealth is in the news and growing
Two recent reports have been released one indicating that telehealth visits are a boon to vets with opioid addiction and the other showing that telehealth helps with prenatal and maternal care. Brookings has developed a The Roadmap to Telehealth Efficacy supporting the idea that broadband is essential to good health. And there’s a new app that connects patients and pharmacists in Minnesota.

MN County digital equity related rankings
Microsoft has created searchable tool that tracks education attainment, computer ownership, broadband subscriber and speed and more to help gauge digital equity in a geographic area. A tool like this will be valuable as communities work on digital equity plans.

MN PUC will looking into LTD’s ETC designation
LTD Broadband was awarded the sole opportunity apply for federal (RDOF) funding to expand fiber in much of Minnesota. The opportunity has been controversial. In July, the PUC decided to investigate LTD Broadband’s ETC designation, which may disqualify them for RDOF awards in Minnesota.

MN Broadband Task Force July 2022
The Task Force heard about the Affordable Connectivity Program and American Connection Corps. They also got an update from the Office of Broadband Development. They are in the middle of receiving Border to Border applications with hopes of doing a second round of funding later in the fall.

State News                         

Federal News

Vendor News           

Local Broadband News

Duluth News Tribune looks at library funds to address digital equity and older Minnesotans
Duluth approved digital access master plan and State broadband grant application
Duluth is looking at community broadband network options to lower costs

Fillmore County
MiBroadband start building FTTH in Fillmore County state Border to Border grant

Hennepin County
Need help getting online in Hennepin County? Go to the library and ask about Digital Navigators

Kandiyohi County

Kandiyohi County taking more steps toward the Border to Border grant application
Kandiyohi is pursuing a Border to Border grant for areas north and west of Willmar
Charter breaks ground on broadband expansion in Kandiyohi County

Mower County
Mower County looking at using RODF, ARPA and Border to Border funds to improve broadband access

Otter Tail
Otter Tail County invests $2.8 million of ARPA funds on broadband

Pike Township
How is Pike Township MN going to get better broadband? Through a letter writing campaign

Redwood County
Redwood County residents are asked to take a survey and leave a message about broadband
Arvig and Redwood County seek a Border to Border grant for better broadband

Sherburne County
Sherburne County and Arvig partner on Border to Border grant applications for Haven Twp., Clear Lake Twp. and Elk River.

St Louis County
Mediacom Communications unveils public-private partnership to expand broadband in St. Louis County

Thomson Township
Thomson Township pledge ARPA funds for Border to Border applications in Carlton County

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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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