DEED to begin accepting broadband grant applications July 22

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) will begin taking applications on July 22 for funding to expand broadband infrastructure in Minnesota.

As approved by the Legislature this session, there is $35 million in funding for broadband grants available for 2016-17. DEED will award grants through its Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program to pay for up to 50 percent of project development costs in unserved and underserved areas of the state. A maximum of $5 million per grant will be available.

Under the new funding, $5 million will be targeted for underserved areas of the state and $500,000 for projects that propose to expand the availability and adoption of broadband service to areas that contain a significant proportion of low-income households.

DEED will accept applications for the new funding through Oct. 3. More details about the program and the process for applying are available here on the DEED website.