Sadly, we have suffered two tragic auto accidents in our area the past few days. In both cases families lost loved ones when they were struck by an auto. I would ask two things: Please say a prayer for the families of the young child and the grandmother that lost their lives in the recent accidents, and also be especially cautious and respectful of pedestrians when driving on the roads here in rural Minnesota.
Broadband continues to be a topic of interest in our area. The program was updated this year with $35 million in new funding. That represents more dollars this year than the state has spent in the past three years on the program.
Beginning June 23, the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development (OBD) will host a series of webinar/toll-free conference calls to launch the 2016 Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program.
The sessions will introduce this year’s changes to the program, walk through the application, review the scoring criteria, and answer any questions. Please join us on June 23 or on any of the other dates below. Information presented at each call will be the same, so you only need to choose one date to participate.
To register, please send an email with your contact information (name, organization/community, address, email & phone number) to David.j.Thao@state.mn.us, or call 651-259-7442. Please indicate which session you will attend. You must register to receive instructions on how to access the meeting and materials. If you have general program questions please email email@example.com or call 651-259-7635.
The state website also has a link to an interactive map. The map can provide a list of broadband service providers that currently service your area. All you need to do is put your street address in and it should find you on the map and identify the potential service providers in your area.
Please be safe this weekend and let’s hope for a little sunshine!