eNews: MN Monthly Recap Feb 2023: MN State broadband funding in question

Internet for All Conference
The Office of Broadband Development hosted a daylong conference to get folks on the same page for preparing for federal funding for infrastructure and digital equity. They also followed up with opportunities to get more involved.

MN Broadband Task Force
Early in January, the Minnesota Broadband Task Force released their annual broadband report recommending that the State invests in broadband. Later, they met to get updates from the Office of Broadband Development. They talked about the $276 million that Governor Walz has in his budget for broadband. The current Task Force is slated to sunset in April 2023.

State News    

Federal News

Vendor News

Local Broadband News

ISP changes in Alexandria MN when ALP Utilities sells its fiber to Arvig

Arvig buys network to serve 130 businesses in Alexandria MN

Apple Valley
More info on Apple Valley Border to Border grant (Dakota County)

Carver County
Carver County continues its long history of planning and building FTTH

Dakota County
More on Border to Border grants in Dakota County

Houston and Winona Counties
More on Border to Border grants in in Houston and Winona Counties

Independence will be seeking a Border to Border grant (Hennepin County)

Iron Range
61 Iron Range small businesses receive “Tech Boosts”

Kandiyohi County
Kandiyohi County is looking at $400,000 ARPA funding for broadband

Leech Lake Reservation
Leech Lake gets $18.7 million from Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program

Martin County
Martin County Commissioners are looking at better broadband options

More info on Gardonville’s border to border award in Nelson (Douglas County)

Otter Tail County
More on Border to Border grant in Otter Tail County

Polk County
Beltrami Electric Cooperative gets $22.7 million USDA loan for smart grid technology (Polk County)

Scandia is working on their 5 year broadband plan (Washington 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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