As noted under our Broadband Grant Program webpage, the Minnesota Border to Border Broadband Development grant program is accepting applications until September 15, 2015. Information is also available on the DEED website under Grant and Contract Opportunities at Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant 2015.
The Rural Utilities Service of the U.S.D.A. has opened the FY2015 rural broadband loan program developed from the 2014 Farm Bill. Applications are being accepted until September 30, 2015. Loan amounts are for a minimum of $100,000 up to $20 million. See more information on the application process.
The Federal Communications Commission's Healthcare Connect Fund makes grants to healthcare providers. Get the details and learn how to apply.
If you are a low-income subscriber residing in either a Comcast, CenturyLink, or Midcontinent area, you may be eligible for reduced pricing of monthly broadband service. Learn more about Comcast's program. Learn more about CenturyLink's program. Learn more about Midcontinent's program.
Other Minnesota cable companies (Charter, Mediacom, and Sjoberg’s Cable) offer discounted pricing for broadband access as well under the federal Connect2Compete program. If your location is served by one of these cable companies, you may want to contact them directly to see if you are eligible.
Both Comcast and CenturyLink offer discounted pricing on computers. Another option for a low-cost computer is available through the nonprofit PCs for People. Reach them by phone at (651) 354-2552.
If you want to use a computer but do not want to own one or do not have a broadband connection, the Technology Literacy Collaborative lists community technology centers, including libraries, in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. Learn more about computers and how to use them.