eNews: MN Monthly Recap Dec 2022: Concerns with FCC maps

FCC Mapping’s short window for location challenges
The FCC unveiled their broadband maps and speed test. They will influence BEAD funding made available to each state; therefore it’s important that the information be correct. However, there are concerns with veracity; for example, the new FCC maps show Minnesota has ubiquitous broadband at speeds of 25 Mbps down and 3 up. Right now the FCC is asking households and communities to check out the map and report back if it doesn’t seem right. There are other issues (such as Will BEAD fund unlicensed spectrum?) but for most readers, checking your location is a good first step to helping Minnesota maximize investment.

Minnesota Broadband Task Force Draft Report
At the November MN Broadband Task Force, the members reviewed and discussed the upcoming Annual Report. The notes include screenshots of the draft report. They came up with average broadband deployment cost per household of $9300.

You can now apply for Minnesota Broadband Line Extension Funding
People can report to OBD that a wired broadband service is unavailable at their residence or business to get funding to procure broadband.

State News    

Federal News

Vendor News  

Local Broadband News

Aitkin County
$4.8 M Aitkin County Broadband scheduled completion in fall 2023

Austin
Blandin Broadband Communities (BBC) update with Austin MN

Big Stone, Lincoln and Pine Counties Austin and Warroad
Blandin Broadband Communities chat on digital equity projects in Big Stone, Lincoln and Pine Counties, Austin and Warroad

Duluth
A Duluth stargazer view of Satellites: will too many spoil the view?

Duluth Fiber Lincoln Park Project testing waters for larger municipal roll out

Fillmore County
Telehealth is part of the solution to the maternity care desert in Fillmore County

Kandiyohi County
Kandiyohi is frustrated with broadband flurries but moving forward where they can

Le Sueur County
Warm wishes on a cold night celebrating broadband in Le Sueur County
Le Sueur Broadband Fair: well attended and raising awareness

Lower Sioux
MN Lower Sioux gets almost $2 million for broadband

Mille Lacs County
The latest news on Mille Lacs County broadband hope and plans

Minneapolis
Broadband price disparities in Minneapolis are some of the worst

St Louis County
Paul Bunyan Communications connects 600 homes in St Louis County

Willmar
Willmar to invest $42,000 in broadband mapping

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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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