Information provided by the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development and the Office of Broadband Development:
The Office of Broadband Development (OBD) wishes to remind all potential broadband grant applicants for this year’s 2020 grant round that – prior to submitting a broadband grant application – every applicant must contact all existing wireline broadband providers in the proposed project area. This pre-application outreach requires each applicant to include a description of the proposed project and a map of the project area with the written outreach.
Under current law, this must be completed no later than six weeks prior to the grant application deadline of September 30, 2020. That makes the last allowable date for written (email) outreach to all existing providers in the project area to be August 19, 2020. Continue reading