ST. PAUL – State Rep. Dale Lueck, R-Aitkin, announces four entities in District 10B are receiving nearly $2.7 million combined in broadband grants from the state to help upgrade unserved and underserved locations.
The funding for the awards is from the state’s Border to Border Broadband Development Program, created by the Legislature in 2014 to provide state resources that help make the capital investments necessary for private sector providers to deliver high speed broadband infrastructure into unserved and underserved areas of the state.
The latest round of local grants includes:
“Congratulations to everyone involved in earning grant funding for expanding broadband coverage into areas with little or no service,” Lueck said. “Unreliable or non-existent internet service in parts of our region has held many people, including our school students and businesses, at a disadvantage in today’s electronic world. The grant program requires a significant private sector match and has helped us continue to make progress. While much more work remains, this latest round of awards is another big step forward.”
The program is administered by the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development. Awards are issued annually through a competitive process. Each award is met with local contributions either matching or exceeding the state’s contribution. In 2019, the Legislature appropriated $20 million for the program each of the next two years, $40 million for the biennium.