Broadband Grant Program

The Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program funds the build-out of infrastructure to promote the expansion of broadband service to areas of Minnesota that are unserved or underserved.

Overview

The Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program has issued $19.4 million in grants to expand broadband service in unserved and underserved regions throughout Minnesota. The grants, which provide up to 50 percent of project development costs, will bring high-speed Internet to nearly 6,100 homes, 83 community institutions and hundreds of businesses statewide. 

Border-to-Border Infrastructure Grant Program Funded for FY16

During the 2015 special session, the legislature included $10,588,000 in funds for the Border-to-Border Broadband Infrastructure grant program. 

We anticipate that the grant application and criteria will be similar to the 2014 program. The Office of Broadband Development is using its experience administering the 2014 program to fine-tune the grant process for 2015 and anticipates the application will be available in early July, with a submission deadline in September. 

More details soon! Watch this space for updates and for FAQs regarding the application process or other related questions. 

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Eligibility

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Application Process

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FAQs

Questions we receive about the FY16 program/funding will be posted here soon after we receive them, along with our answers.

2014 Grantees

Funded Project Map 1.png See a map of grant awards . See a list of grant applicants. 

Grant Recipients

Arvig (Mainstreet Communications LLC), Sauk Lake area

Award: $536,702. Total project cost: $1.07 million. Impact: Service to 217 unserved premises.

CenturyLink Foley, Benton County–Balkan Township

Award: $382,883. Total project cost: $995,977. Impact: Service to 162 unserved households, 10 businesses, several community facilities.

Consolidated Telephone Cooperative, Region 5 Virtual Highway Project

Award: $2 million. Total project cost: $4.22 million. Impact: Service to 247 unserved and 90 underserved premises in Cass, Crow Wing and Morrison counties.

Dunnell Telephone Co., City of Dunnell, Martin County

Award: $625,000. Total project cost: $1.49 million. Impact: service to 174 unserved households in Dunnell in Martin County.

Federated Telephone Cooperative, Big Stone County

Award: $3.92 million. Total project cost: $7.92 million. Impact: Service to 1,072 unserved premises in the communities of Barry, Beardsley and Johnson, and rural parts of Big Stone County.

Halstad Telephone Co., Halstad Tract MN 11902500 FTTH

Award: $1.65 million. Total project cost: $3.3 million. Impact: Service to 249 unserved locations in Polk County.

Interstate Telecommunications Cooperative (ITC), Hendricks Town FTTP

Award: $700,000. Total project cost: $1.87 million. Impact: Service to 377 homes and farms, 57 businesses and eight community institutions, all currently underserved.

Mediacom, Pintar Road

Award: $137,848. Total project cost: $275,697. Impact: Service to 122 unserved homes and businesses on the southwest edge of the city limits of Hibbing.

Northeast Service Cooperative – Frontier Communications Corp., Border to Border Phase I

Award: $1.96 million. Total project cost: $4.35 million. Impact: Service to 877 homes and businesses in St. Louis County, including areas in and around Crane Lake, Alborn, Meadowlands, Brookston, Forbes, Kelsey, Soudan, Kabetogama, Ely and Tower.

Otter Tail Telcom, Swan Lake West

Award: $438,937. Total project cost: $877,874. Impact: Service to 110 unserved locations near Swan Lake, on the outskirts of Fergus Falls.

Otter Tail Telcom, Stuart Lake

Award: $105,364. Total project cost: $210,729. Impact: service to 47 unserved locations near Stuart Lake, just north of State Highway 210 and east of Fergus Falls.

Otter Tail Telcom, 245th

Award: $108,553. Total project cost: $217,105. Impact: service to 39 unserved locations.

Palmer Wireless, Becker Industrial Park

Award: $151,934. Total project cost: $303,870. Impact: service to 21 underserved businesses in the Becker Industrial Park and 12 vacant city-owned lots covering 70 acres.

Rock County Broadband Alliance (RCBA), FTTP Project

Award: $5 million. Total project cost: $12.85 million. Impact: service to 1,261 homes and farms, 68 businesses, and 21 community institutions in Rock County.

R-S Fiber Cooperative, FTTH Project

Award: $1 million. Total project cost: $3.32 million. Impact: Service to 62 unserved and 536 underserved locations in Sibley and Renville counties. The project is part of a larger cooperative project estimated at $38.46 million that will upgrade broadband services to several thousand locations in the region.

Sjoberg Cable, Broadband Grant Proposal

Award: $261,575. Total project cost: $523,150. Impact: Services to 107 unserved and 49 underserved homes, farms and businesses in five areas in Roseau County near Roseau, Warroad and Salol.

Wikstrom Telephone, Kittson, Marshall, Roseau Broadband Extension

Award: $425,000. Total project cost: $943,827. Impact: Service to 73 unserved and 43 underserved homes in Kittson, Marshall and Roseau counties.