NTIA Partners with MN and 7 other states on improvements to Broadband Map

From National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Today, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced that it is collaborating with eight states to broaden and update the national broadband availability map. The eight states – California, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia – will contribute data and other inputs to the map.

“In order to ensure that all Americans have access to broadband, we need a more precise picture of the current services and infrastructure that are available,” said David Redl, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator. “NTIA’s work on an updated map, in partnership with these initial states, will help policymakers around the country make better decisions as they devise broadband expansion plans.”

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 directed NTIA to update the national broadband availability map using its previously developed state partnerships. The initial eight state partners were chosen because they reflect geographic diversity, participate in NTIA’s State Broadband Leaders Network, have active state broadband plans or programs, and were willing to contribute data that can be combined with nationwide data sources to give policymakers a deeper understanding of broadband availability.

NTIA expects to seek participation from additional states, territories and federally recognized tribes that have broadband programs or related data-collection efforts. The initial map will include available nationwide data for every state combined with state-level data from the eight states.

I can’t say for sure, but it seems like having an Office of Broadband Development helps Minnesota take advantage of opportunities like this. Luck favors the prepared.

Nominate a community for the Bush Prize for Community Innovation

It would be fun to see some communities that are doing innovative things with broadband apply…

2019 Bush Prize for Community Innovation – Accepting applications beginning March

The Bush Prize for Community Innovation celebrates organizations with a track record of successful community problem solving. Bush Prize winners are extraordinary not only in what they do, but how they do it. They work inclusively, in partnership with others, to make our region better for everyone.

Dakota Broadband Board (DBB) seeks an Executive Director

A good job for the right person…

DBB Executive Director

Please Note:  The position is being posted on behalf of the Dakota Broadband Board and is not a City of Mendota Heights position.

The Dakota Broadband Board (DBB) is seeking an Executive Director.

The DBB Executive Director performs executive level work directing all operations and activities of the DBB. Duties include Board and Committee administration, budgeting and financial administration, marketing of commercial dark fiber, legal and compliance oversight, contracting and contractor management. The position reports to the Chair of the DBB and takes direction from the DBB Board of Directors and the DBB Executive Committee.

Education and Experience:

The DBB Executive Director position requires a bachelor’s degree in business, public administration or a closely related field; a master’s degree is preferred.   Additionally, a minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in organizational administration with background and experience in government, sales, marketing and/or business operations including experience with local governments, especially community development agencies is desired. Interested candidates should have a familiarity with fiber telecommunications systems, project management and knowledge of the federal E-rate program.


The ideal candidate would have a wide range of knowledge, skills and abilities including excellent written and verbal communications, knowledge of how to seek out sales opportunities and a drive to pursue those, an aptitude for creating attractive marketing materials, an understanding of working with elected officials and government staff, and an ability to uncover potential beneficial options for cooperation and mutual advantage among public and private entities. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Hiring Salary Range: $98,543 to $113,554

Full Salary Range: $98,543 to $127,927

Hours and Location:  The DBB offices are located at the City of Farmington Municipal Center. The DBB Executive Director is a full-time position and is eligible for telecommuting.

For more information on the Dakota Broadband Board, please visit the following links:

To Apply:

Interested individuals must submit a cover letter and resume, City of Mendota Heights application and application supplement by 4:00 pm on February 28, 2019. Applications must be received by the deadline for consideration.  Application materials are available for download at www.mendota-heights.com. Application materials are also available at Mendota Heights City Hall located at 1101 Victoria Curve, Mendota Heights, MN 55118 or by calling 651-255-1356.


Signed applications can be submitted:

  • Via US Mail to—City of Mendota Heights, Attention: Cheryl Jacobson, Assistant City Administrator, 1101 Victoria Curve, Mendota Heights, MN 55118; or
  • Via email in PDF format to–cherylj@mendota-heights.com; or
  • In person at– City of Mendota Heights, 1101 Victoria Curve, Mendota Heights, MN 55118

State looking for new Technology Advisory Committee Member

Seems like some reader would make a good candidate…

Technology Advisory Committee
Vacancies: 1 Seat — Business Planning – Member

Membership includes one member designated by Minnesota Association of Counites; six members appointed by the governor, who are actively involved in business planning for state executive branches; one member appointed by the governor, representative of union that represents state information technology employees; and one member appointed by the governor who is a representative of private business.

Learn more or apply online.

IT Job openings in Cloquet MN

I’m passing this on for the folks in Fond du Lac Reservation. With an added note that I’ve worked in FdL and the people there are great.

Good luck!

2019 Charles Benton Digital Equity Champion Award Applications Open

NDIA is looking for nominations for the fourth annual Charles Benton Digital Equity Champion Award. This year, we are excited to announce that not only one award will be presented, but two. In addition to recognizing an outstanding person who has truly made a difference in the field of Digital Equity, we wish to recognize an up and coming Digital Inclusion Practitioner as well.

Nominees should exhibit some combination of the following characteristics on which the award will be based:

  1. Sustained commitment to digital inclusion programs, practices, and/or policy work
  2. Applied innovative approaches to addressing and solving problems
  3. Promoted impact evaluation and made extensive use of data to shape digital inclusion programs and share best practices
  4. Demonstrated leadership in his/her community, with impact and inclusion in mind
  5. Showed commitment to collaboration and inclusion that can be scaled and replicated

Eligibility for this award is limited to U.S. residents.

The nomination form can be completed here: Nomination Form

The deadline for nominations for this year’s award is midnight Eastern Daylight Time February 1, 2019.

For more information and to see past awardees  –  Charles Benton Digital Equity Champion Award

FCC is looking for new Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee Members

The FCC announces the opportunity. I hope we can flood the market with Minnesota names!

The Federal Communications Commission announced its intent to re-charter the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC), a federal advisory committee, which provides advice and recommendations to the Commission on accelerating the deployment of high-speed Internet access. The Commission intends to renew the BDAC’s charter for a two year period, starting on or about March 1, 2019.

Nominations for membership to the BDAC should be submitted to the FCC no later than January 10, 2019.