eNews: MN Monthly Recap Nov 2022: Gearing up for funding

How much is broadband worth? Depends who you ask.
Two recent surveys show vastly different results. Some surveys say $70 monthly while others say $10 monthly.

Check out your county ranking
Minnesota maps show where fiber is and where it isn’t. See how your county ranks for speeds below:

MN Broadband Task Force Oct 2022 Notes: BEAD
Minnesota is gearing up for taking advantage of federal funding. The Task Force learned about the process. And Bree Maki is named the Director of the Office of Broadband Development. 

PUC Looking at LTD Broadband
The PUC is still looking into whether to revoke LTD Broadband’s ETC designation, which had been required for funding they were disqualified to receive in Minnesota. Here are the latest actions:

State News    

Federal News

COVID-related News

Vendor News  

Local Broadband News

Aitkin, Crow Wing, Douglas, Otter Tail, St. Louis, Stearns and Todd counties
ReConnect awards of $759 Million go out – two in Minnesota

Bois Forte
Bois Forte Band of Chippewa Receives $20 Million Grant for Broadband

Carver County
Carver County’s CarverLink Public Fiber Network Broadband Efforts

Dakota County
Dakota County deputies use VR to train for emergencies

Duluth New Tribune endorses Rep Ecklund for his broadband work

MN Elections Broadband Notes: House District 41B candidate Tina Folch connected to broadband

IRRR invests in Mediacom broadband in Hibbing

Iron Range
Business North looks at Broadband champions on the Iron Range (MN): Blandin Foundation, NESC and IRRR

Kandiyohi, Stearns, Renville and Swift Counties
TDS deploying fiber to 3,700 properties in Kandiyohi, Stearns, Renville and Swift Counties

Midco and Land O’Lakes bring better broadband to Madelia

Ransomware attack thwarted but affects 60,000 Arvig subscribers in MN

Launch Minnesota Awards Over $1M in Innovation Grants to Startups

Nobles County
Nobles County invests $4 million in broadband with local and ARPA funds

Pipestone County
Pipestone County is working with Hometown Fiber on better broadband plan

Ramsey County
Ramsey County hosts Digital Inclusion Leadership Summit

Red Wing
Red Wing Ignite will be awarded $4 million for local entrepreneurship and innovation (Olmsted County)

Southern MN
Senator Klobuchar speaks to mayors in southern MN about broadband (Lyon, Jackson, Martin & Faribault counties)

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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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