Broadband Grant Program

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Overview

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.

During the 2015 special session, the legislature included $10,588,000 in funds for the Border-to-Border Broadband Infrastructure grant program. The funds were meant to expand broadband service in unserved and underserved regions throughout Minnesota. The grants can provide up to 50 percent of project development costs, and the maximum grant amount is $5 million. The application period is now closed. Challenges were accepted until October 9, 2015. Funding decisions were announced November 20, 2015; see the Grants/Grantees tab.

Expressions of Interest: If you weren’t able to apply in the 2015 grant round, let us know of your interest by filling out the Expression of Interest in Support of Minnesota Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program form. We have data on the number of unserved households but YOU can help us document the demand for broadband in unserved and underserved areas to support continuation of the broadband infrastructure grant program!

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Application Process

The application period is now closed.

Note: the information below was used during the application process; it's here for informational purposes only.

Eligibility

Eligible Areas

Broadband development projects located in unserved or underserved areas are eligible for the Border to Border Broadband Development Grants. An unserved area is an area of Minnesota in which households or businesses lack access to wire-line broadband service at speeds that meet the FCC threshold of 25 megabits per second download and 3 megabits per second upload. An underserved area is an area of Minnesota in which households or businesses do receive service above the FCC threshold but lack access to wire-line broadband service at speeds that meet the state broadband goals of ten to 20 megabits per second download and five to ten megabits per second upload.

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants for this program are an incorporated business or partnership, a political subdivision, an Indian tribe, a Minnesota nonprofit organization organized under chapter 317A, a Minnesota cooperative association organized under chapter 308A or 308B, or a Minnesota limited liability corporation organized under chapter 322B for the purpose of expanding broadband access.

Eligible Program Costs

The Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program can pay up to 50 percent of the infrastructure deployment costs for a qualifying project. “Broadband deployment costs” or “costs” means the cost of the acquisition and installation of middle-mile and last-mile infrastructure that support broadband service scalable to speeds of at least 100 megabits per second download and 100 megabits per second upload.

Last mile infrastructure is broadband infrastructure that serves as the final leg connecting the broadband service provider’s network to the end-use customer’s on-premise telecommunications equipment. Middle mile infrastructure is broadband infrastructure that links a broadband service provider’s core network infrastructure to last-mile infrastructure. 

Construction of broadband infrastructure may include any of the following: project planning; obtaining construction permits; construction of facilities, including construction of both “middle mile” and “last mile” infrastructure; equipment; and installation and testing of the broadband service.

Resources

Prevailing Wage Compliance

Minnesota prevailing wage rates apply to any state broadband grant over $200,000 and these wage rates must be figured into your project budget. Find the rates for your county.

For assistance in classifying type of labor, complete a Classification Clarification Request form from the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry. If you have other questions regarding prevailing wage, contact that agency's Senior Labor Investigator Michael Dombross.

State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)

Contact SHPO for information on reviews prior to construction for possible disturbances of historic, archaeological sites. There's also information such as hiring an archaeologist to do an archaeological assessment of the project, especially those that are going through multiple townships/counties. This would include a records search for existing archaeological sites, recommendations for surveying areas along the route (if any) and recommendations on avoiding the sites that have been identified “historic."

Review for Natural Heritage Site Proximity

This might include rare plant species, animals, and protected areas, for example. For natural heritage sites, check with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for possible proximity to rare natural/plant/species areas:

Grants/Grantees

  • 2015 Grantees

    2015 BROADBAND GRANT RECIPIENTS

    See a list of all 2015 applications received at the end of this page.
    View a map of the 2015 awards.
    Read about the 2015 challenge process for grant applications. 

    Recipients:

    BEVCOMM Cannon Valley Telecom - Rural Freeborn Fiber-to-the-Premises Project

    Grant award: $149,625

    BEVCOMM Cannon Valley Telecom, Inc. will build out broadband infrastructure to provide state speed goal broadband service and above to 43 households and 1 business in the rural Freeborn area, in Freeborn County in south-central Minnesota, close to the Minnesota/Iowa border. The total project costs are $393,750; the remaining $244,125 (62 percent local match) will be provided by BEVCOMM.

    Community and Economic Development Impact: Development and use of broadband will support various home-based business options, stimulate economic growth, and stimulate innovation and investment. Education, health care, energy efficiency, and public safety will improve with high-speed Internet access. The greatest economic development potential of the Rural Freeborn will be in area crop and livestock production including advancement in bin monitoring systems, livestock feed and environment monitoring, security, video surveillance, and energy management.

    BEVCOMM Blue Earth Valley Telephone - Rural Winnebago Fiber-to-the-Premises Project

    Grant award: $142,690

    BEVCOMM Blue Earth Valley Telephone Co.’s Rural Winnebago Fiber-to-the-Premises Project will be building FTTP infrastructure in the rural Winnebago area to provide state speed goal broadband service and above to 30 unserved households and farms in rural Winnebago, in Faribault County in south-central Minnesota. The total project costs are $375,500; the remaining $232,810 (62 percent local match) will be provided by BEVCOMM.

    Community and Economic Development Impact: The project will provide a state-of-the-art broadband network to the unserved locations within rural Winnebago. It will provide various home-based business options, stimulate economic growth, and stimulate innovation and investment. Education, health care, energy efficiency, and public safety will improve with high-speed Internet access. As in the Blue Earth-Freeborn project, the greatest economic development potential of the Rural Winnebago Project will be in area crop and livestock production. The economic engine of the proposed grant area is agriculture. Broadband investments will enable area farmers to access applications and tools to make their operations more efficient and enhance their crop production.
    A second benefit is access to better health care for all, and applications that help aging adults or individuals living with disabilities to remain in their homes instead of being moved to a care facility. This improves quality of life for those individuals. In addition, the proposed broadband network will provide distinct benefits to first responders, paramedics, and rural doctors to share medical information and start vital treatment to a patient while an ambulance is en route to the hospital.

    Consolidated Telecommunications Company - Fort Ripley Phase II

    Grant award: $759,525

    Consolidated Telecommunication Company will build out broadband infrastructure in the Fort Ripley area adjacent to Highway 371 to provide state speed goal broadband service and above to an additional 272 households. A Phase II project that leverages Phase I investments, this provider and regional development agency collaboration has extensive support from all sectors of the community and residents as part of a Resilient Region Virtual Highway multi-year, multi-phase regional development plan and strategy. The total project costs are $1,599,000; the remaining $839,475 (52 percent local match) will be provided by CTC and a combination of regional and local development agency investments.

    Community and Economic Development Impact: A survey conducted by CTC within the Phase II project area concluded that greater than 83% of respondents would benefit from telecommuting, an option not available to them today without access to broadband. The project will enable that telecommuting and home-based business creation and expansion.

    Federated Telephone Cooperative - Swift County FTTP 2015

    Grant award: $4,950,000

    FTC will build out fiber infrastructure in Swift County to provide state speed goal broadband service and above to 600 households, 425 businesses, and 75 community institutions. The project area includes the community of De Graff, the unincorporated Village of Swift Falls, and the rural parts of eastern Swift County. The project touches 13 of the County’s 21 townships, filling in the entire eastern rural portions of the County plus a few locations in and around the City of Appleton in Appleton Township. Townships impacted include: Appleton/City of Appleton, Swenoda, Six Mile Grove, Clontarf, Benson, Torning, Cashel, Camp Lake, Kildare, Dublin, Kerkhoven, Hayes and Pillsbury. This is a provider and County partnership with support from all sectors of the community. The total project costs are $12,484,095; the remaining $7,534,095 (60 percent local match) will be provided by a loan to Federated by Swift County.

    Community and Economic Development Impact: Both Swift County and Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission have identified broadband infrastructure as a high priority in their respective economic development plans. Completion of this priority would further their economic development goals for the county and region. Broadband infrastructure will help support job creation and economic prosperity throughout the County. The anticipated jobs impact is 500+ jobs over the next few years, related to farming, home-based start-ups, commercial expansions and more. Major industries in Swift County include bio-energy and agriculture, which both rely heavily on broadband for efficient reporting and logistics, including precision agriculture. GIS is playing an increasing role in both industries for mapping out logistics of their respective operations. There are just over 800 farms in Swift County (Ag Census 2012) and it’s estimated that nearly half are located in the project area.

    Halstad Telephone Company - Gentilly Township

    Grant award: $424,460

    Halstad Telephone Company will build out FTTH infrastructure in Gentilly Township in Polk County to provide state speed goal broadband service and above to 114 households, 20 businesses, and 1 community anchor institution in the Village of Gentilly and Gentilly Township (except for the NW corner of the township which is served already).  The total project costs are $931,000; the remaining $504,540 (54 percent local match) will be provided by Halstad Telephone Company.

    Community and Economic Development Impact: Among other improvements in community and economic development capacity, broadband connectivity in the project area will enable more effective agricultural management and teleworking, which creates new employment opportunities regardless of location.

    Hiawatha Broadband Communications - Winona County Whitewater Area

    Grant Award: $247,000

    Hiawatha Broadband Communications will partner with Winona County to build out broadband infrastructure in Winona County, in Elba and Norton Townships including Whitewater State Park to provide state speed goal broadband service and above to 418 passings including 135 households, 70 businesses and 5 community anchor institutions.  County and Provider-led with extensive community engagement, including schools, health care, businesses, cities and county, townships, and residents. The total project costs are $773,320; the remaining $526,000 (68% percent local match) will be provided by HBC and Winona County. 

    Community and Economic Development Impact: This area contains Whitewater State Park with an annual visitorship of about 300,000 people, Whitewater Wildlife Management Area, Crystal Springs Fish Hatchery, 75 farm operations, 32 commercial and industrial businesses, a school and numerous public institutions. The area has had an active group of citizens advocating for improved broadband so that businesses can grow and prosper, rural students can have improved educational opportunity, health care is more accessible, home values are supported, and public safety is improved. It also positions the area to compete for people and economic opportunities coming with the Destination Medical Center and growth occurring in the 7 Rivers Region in southeastern MN.

    Midcontinent Little Fork Middle Mile

    Grant award: $277,448

    Midcontinent will build out broadband middle mile infrastructure between Little Fork and International Falls following MN11 to US71 to CR22 to provide state speed goal broadband service and above to 258 passings. The total project costs are $584,100; the remaining $306,652 (52 percent local match) will be provided by Midcontinent.

    Community and Economic Development Impact: Once operational, these middle mile upgrades will benefit the entire community with increased speed, capacity, and reliability of data services.

    MVTV Wireless Middle Mile

    Grant award: $808,080

    This project is a Middle Mile broadband infrastructure buildout to upgrade backhaul capacity between site locations within 20 southwestern Minnesota counties that will improve services to state speed goal levels and above to 6,000 households and businesses that are current MVTV customers, with leverage possibility of 29,000 more. The counties are: Blue Earth, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, Meeker, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Rock, Redwood, Renville, Sibley Swift, Watonwan, and Yellow Medicine. This project has extensive support from local public and private sector organizations and businesses and local citizens. In conjunction with existing and identified fiber points of presence, MVTV will enhance wireless backhaul aggregation links in select areas. The project deployment consists of 58 11GHz licensed radio links. Radio full duplex capacity will reach a maximum scalable throughput in excess of 1Gbps download and 1Gbps upload .The total project costs are $1,850,610; the remaining $1,042,530 (56 percent local match) will be provided by Midcontinent.

    Community and Economic Development Impact: Agricultural data usage is exploding nationally and very apparent in MVTV’s service area, from drone services, GPS-based millimeter farming to machine-to-machine data transfer. This broadband investment will improve broadband access and speeds for more than 3,000 current farm-based businesses and 6,000 rural residents across a nearly 30,000 square mile footprint.

    New Ulm Telecom Goodhue Fiber Project

    Grant award: $115,934

    New Ulm Telecom will build out middle mile and last mile infrastructure in Goodhue County, Goodhue Township, near the city of Goodhue to provide state speed goal broadband service to 24 households, businesses, and community institutions. The total project costs are $244,073; the remaining $128,139 (53 percent local match) will be provided by New Ulm Telecom.

    Community and Economic Development Impact: Nearly all of the passings in this project area are to farms or home-based businesses, consisting of rural residents who perform some type of work from their home location, such as farming, telecommuting, and home-based businesses. Without this investment, many residents in this area may be forced to shut down businesses, move to other locations, and resort to other measures to maintain adequate educational opportunities. There are multiple telecommuting residents, including those who do medical transcriptions.

    Otter Tail Telcom Fergus Falls 864 - Hwy 59

    Grant award: $295,432

    Otter Tail Telcom will build out broadband infrastructure in the vicinity of Fergus Falls near Hwy 59, to extend its existing fiber cable at the north edge of Fergus Falls to serve 63 locations, including 56 households and 7 businesses and one cell tower. The total project costs are $621,962; the remaining $326,530 (52 percent local match) will be provided by Otter Tail Telcom.

    Community and Economic Development Impact: The project will improve broadband service for several existing businesses and work-from-home residents. In addition, working in conjunction with the Fergus Falls Economic Improvement Commission, it will add value and create potential shovel-ready status for a new industrial park.

    Otter Tail Telcom Hwy 59/94 PRT to POM

    Grant award: $164,207

    Otter Tail Telcom will build out middle mile broadband infrastructure north of Fergus Falls near the Hwy 59/94 intersection in Otter Tail County to provide state speed goal broadband service and above to 21 households and multiple community institutions. Areas north and south of Elizabeth, MN along Hwy 59 are included. The total project costs are $345,699; the remaining $182,437 (53 percent local match) will be provided by Otter Tail Telcom.

    Community and Economic Development Impact: This new middle mile facility will provide needed increased connectivity to the Fargo/Moorhead area and redundancy for the Minneapolis middle mile facilities. All customers located in Park Region Telephone Company and Otter Tail Telcom’s serving territories will directly benefit from the added connectivity. Neighboring telcos will also benefit with the added ability to provide necessary middle mile for them. Remote clinics and hospitals associated with Sanford Health and others will benefit from Metro E connection possibilities which will allow for seamless data flow of records, x-rays, scans, etc. It will also improve the capabilities of schools being served in the Region 1 area. Otter Tail Telcom and its other companies have constructed fiber to every school and library in their service areas. This new middle mile project would provide connectivity to the global network.

    Paul Bunyan Central Itasca County Fiber

    Grant Award: $1,980,000

    Paul Bunyan Communications, in partnership with the IRRRB and Itasca County, with support from all sectors of the communities and residents, will build out broadband infrastructure in Itasca County, in portions of Balsam, Lawrence, Nashwauk Townships, and the former Iron Range Township that is now located within the City of Taconite, to provide state speed goal broadband service and above to 1193 households, 53 businesses and 5 community anchor institutions.  This project is provider, county and regional development agency led, with many letters of support from all sectors of the communities and residents. The total project costs are $5,519,895; the remaining $3,539,895 (64 percent local match) will be provided by Paul Bunyan Communications, Itasca County, and the IRRRB.

    Community and Economic Development Impact: The proposed project area is home to an estimated 3,500 people and approximately 100 small businesses. Businesses include restaurants, resorts, retailers, healthcare, professional service providers, home-based ventures, and construction and landscape companies, all economic engines that makes a rural way of life possible. The broadband project investments will open up new markets, provide new options for training and education of employees, increase opportunities for sales and marketing, and deliver a new world of business-related resources. In addition, it will improve the region’s viability and attractiveness to telecommuters, freelancers, and others who are dependent on technology and the Internet for work.
    It will also help maintain and improve health care resources, such as the Bigfork Valley health system which maintains an outreach clinic in Balsam Township. Currently, the clinic uses a cell phone hot spot which doesn’t allow the clinic to fully utilize electronic medical records, electronically share files between sites, or access online medical databases and resources. Most tele-medicine services are completely unusable with the existing technology at the clinic. The lack of broadband access seriously threatens the long-term viability of this rural clinic.

    Runestone Telephone Association - Holmes City

    Grant award: $189,990

    Runestone Telephone Association will build out broadband infrastructure in Holmes City, in Douglas County, to provide state speed goal broadband service and above to 93 households, 14 businesses and 1 community anchor institution. This is a provider and community partnership with strong support of residents, businesses, and the township. The total project costs are $428,060; the remaining $238,070 (56 percent local match) will be provided by Runestone.

    Community and Economic Development Impact:    In late 2014, Runestone was approached by several members of the Holmes City area regarding the possibility of providing them with Internet service. Through a grassroots effort, residents actively gathered information, did door knocking, and held community meetings to determine support and interest. This project specifically addresses how providing broadband access can reduce the factors contributing to the outward exodus from unserved rural locations, reduce economic disparities, and mitigate the digital divide. In addition to brick and mortar businesses, numerous home-based businesses and telecommuters will benefit. As will about 32 school children who live in the area who are either home schooled or attend school in Alexandria, MN. At present, many of them cannot complete daily assignments, participate in team projects or conduct research necessary for papers and reports from home.

    West Central Telephone Association Hwy 71 Wadena NORTH Expansion Project

    Grant Award: $193,515

    West Central Telephone Association will build out broadband infrastructure in the Wadena area and Highway 71 corridor north of Wadena to provide state speed goal broadband service to 162 households, 43 businesses, and 3 community anchor institutions. The project was designed to provide a robust fiber backbone that can accommodate a much larger project area over time. This is a multi-sector partnership, including WCTA, the National Joint Powers Alliance, the West Central Alliance (Regional Economic Development), and Region Five Development Commission, with extensive community engagement from local public and private sector organizations and businesses, and local citizens. The total project costs are $2,119,018; the remaining $1,925,503 (91 percent local match) will be provided by WCTA and a combination of investment by the local and regional organizations noted above.

    Community and Economic Development Impact: Broadband investments to support e-commerce and cloud-based applications will help struggling small businesses succeed, provide telehealth to assist seniors “age in place,” tele-psychiatry to help address a shortage of mental health workers, online education to enable high school students to earn free college credits and provide others new learning opportunities.  

    Winona County Hiawatha Broadband Communications - Cedar Valley Area

    Grant award: $314,450

    Winona County and Hiawatha Broadband Communications are partnering to build out broadband infrastructure in Winona County, in and around the towns of Ridgeway, Witoka, and Wilson (Pleasant Hill, Homer, and Wilson Townships) to provide state speed goal broadband service and above to 256 households, 117 businesses and 3 community anchor institutions. The project area lies south and west of Winona from Hwy 61 along the Mississippi River to I-90. This is a multi-sector partnership between Winona County and HBC, with extensive local business, organizational and citizen engagement. The total project costs are $973,000; the remaining $658,550 (68 percent local match) will be provided by Winona County and HBC.

    Community and Economic Development Impact: Due to excellent access to I-90, trucking firms find this area ideal except for the lack of broadband (as all scheduling and routing of trucks and loads is done on-line). In addition, there are 90 farm operations, 9 commercial and industrial businesses, 18 home-based businesses that have been identified (possibly 85 total), a school and numerous public institutions in the project area. Broadband investments will help businesses grow and prosper, provide rural students educational opportunities, improve health care accessibility, maintain and improve homes, and improve public safety.


    2015 Broadband Grant Applications Received

    Applicant

    Project Name

    Description of Project Area

    AcenTek

    AcenTek Lanesboro Exchange

    The project area covers the Lanesboro telephone exchange, located in Fillmore County.
    See AcenTeck Lanesboro census blocks.

    Blue Earth Valley Telephone Company

    Rural Winnebago FTTP Project

    Blue Earth Valley Telephone Co.’s Rural Winnebago Fiber-to-the-Premises Project will be building FTTP infrastructure in the rural Winnebago area. 30 unserved locations will receive service. Winnebago is located in Faribault County, which is in south-central Minnesota, close to the southern Minnesota/Iowa border.
    See Blue Earth Winnebago maps and census blocks.

    CTC

    Fort Ripley Phase II

    Three areas adjacent to Highway 371 that abut 2014 grant project area. 272 passings.
    See CTC Fort Ripley map.
    See CTC Fort Ripley census blocks.

    Cannon Valley Telecom, Inc. dba BEVCOMM

    Rural Freeborn FTTP Project

    Cannon Valley Telecom, Inc. will be building FTTP infrastructure in the rural Freeborn area. 49 unserved locations will receive service. Freeborn is located in Freeborn County, which is in south-central Minnesota, close to the southern Minnesota/Iowa border.
    See Cannon Valley Telecom Freeborn maps and census blocks.

    CenturyLink

    Afton

    Areas within the city of Afton. 335 locations would receive service of at least 10Mbps down/5Mbps upload.
    See CenturyLink Afton map.

    CenturyLink

    Brainerd

    CenturyLink’s Brainerd project involves two sites south of the City of Brainerd in Crow Wing County. 23 locations would receive service of at least 10Mbps down/5Mbps upload.
    See CenturyLink Brainerd map.

    CenturyLink

    Hugo

    The site is north east along Route One in Hugo at approximately 48.1 KF from the White Bear Lake Central Office. 42 locations will receive service of at least 10Mbps down/5Mbps upload.
    See CenturyLink Hugo map.

    CenturyLink

    Mora

    One site in the Mora exchange in Kanabec County. 27 locations would get service of at least 10Mbps down/5Mbps upload.
    See CenturyLink Mora map.

    CenturyLink

    Princeton

    Two sites in the Princeton exchange in Mille Lacs County. 41 locations would receive service of at least 10Mbps down/5Mbps upload.
    See CenturyLink Princeton map.

    CenturyLink

    Royalton

    One site in the Royalton exchange in Morrison County. 8 locations would receive service of at least 10Mbps down/5 Mbps upload.
    See CenturyLink Royalton map.

    CenturyLink

    Staples

    Two sites in the Staples exchange located in Todd County. Ten locations would receive service of at least 10Mbps down/5Mbps upload.
    See CenturyLink Staples map.

    CenturyLink

    Stillwater

    Three sites in the Stillwater exchange in Washington County. 130 locations will receive service of at least 10MBps down/5Mbps upload.
    See CenturyLink Stillwater map.

    CenturyLink

    Virginia

    CenturyLink’s Virginia project involves one site in the Virginia exchange in St. Louis County. 18 locations would receive service of at least 10Mbps down/5Mbps upload.
    See CenturyLink Virginia map.

    Federated Telephone Cooperative

    Swift County FTTP

    The project will serve an estimated 1100 currently unserved locations in Swift County. The project area includes the community of De Graff, the unincorporated Village of Swift Falls, and the rural parts of eastern Swift County. There are small pockets of unserved areas within and around the City of Appleton in the southwest corner of the County that are unserved and included in the project area. The project touches 13 of the County’s 21 townships filling in the entire eastern rural portions of the County plus a few locations in and around the City of Appleton in Appleton Township. Townships impacted include: Appleton/City of Appleton, Swenoda, Six Mile Grove, Clontarf, Benson, Torning, Cashel, Camp Lake, Kildare, Dublin, Kerkhoven, Hayes and Pillsbury.
    See Federated Swift County map.
    See Federated Swift County census blocks.

    Halstad Tel. Co.

    Gentilly Twsp FTTH

    The Village of Gentilly and Gentilly Township (except for the NW corner of the township which is served). 135 unserved locations would be served.
    See Halstad census blocks and map.

    Hiawatha Broadband Communications

    Winona County-Whitewater State Park Area

    Portions of Elba and Norton Townships, Winona County. 418 locations would be served.
    See Hiawatha Broadband Whitewater census blocks.
    See Hiawatha Broadband Whitewater maps.

    Kasson & Mantorville Telephone Company dba KMTelecom

    KMTelecom Rural Mantorville Fiber Build

    The project is in east central Dodge County with a small section of west central Olmstead County in southeastern Minnesota near Mantorville, MN. 205 unserved locations will be served. The project boundaries are approximately bounded on the west by MN Highway 57, on the north by 562nd/565th Street, on the east by 280th Ave. and on the south by 600th Street.
    See KMTelecom Mantorville map.

    LTD Broadband LLC

    Southern Minnesota Broadband Expansion

    Network would serve 33,221 locations in Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Chippewa, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, LeSueur, Martin, Mower, Nicollet, Olmstead, Rice, Steele, Swift, Traverse, Wabasha, Waseca and Winona counties.
    See LTD Broadband map.
    See LTD Broadband census blocks.

    Long Lake Township

    Long Lake Township Broadband

    The project will span the entire township of Long Lake in Crow Wing County. 347 locations would be served.
    See Long Lake Township map.

    Long Prairie, City of

    City of Long Prairie: Broadening Our Horizons to JumpStart Todd County Fiber to Home

    Fiber to the home network serving within the city limits and parts of Long Prairie Township. 1409 locations served. Census block group: MN 153796003, MN153796001 and MN153796002 (All census blocks included in these census block groups.) Additional census blocks: 271537905001008; 271537905001009; 271537905003060; 271537905003061; 271537905003062; 271537905003063; 271537905003079; 271537905003080; 271537905003081; 271537905003083.

    See Long Prairie maps.

    Loretel Systems, Inc. dba Arvig

    Loretel Middle Mile Fiber Extension

    Site 1: South of State Hwy 59 and to the east of Franklin Lake; Site 2: west of Pelican Rapids on Co. Rd. 108 and serves north/south mainly to the west of 110th Street; Site 3: two miles west and south of Pelican Rapids running parallel to State Hwy. 59 on 160th Ave. 30 locations would be served.
    See Loretel dba Arvig maps.

    Mediacom

    Medina 2015/2016 Broadband Build

    The project will serve 291 homes and businesses in unserved/underserved areas of the city of Medina.
    See Mediacom Medina map.

    Melrose Telephone Company dba Arvig

    Melrose Telephone Middle Mile Fiber Extension

    Two sites north of the city of Eden Valley, sites 103 and 104 are north and east of Eden and Vails Lake just past 188th avenue. 55 locations would be served. Three sites all west and a bit south of the city of Grey Eagle. Site 307 runs north and east of Goose Lake to Nellies Lake. Site 308 runs east and south of Goose Lake to 450th St. 309 runs north and west of Goose Lake towards the city of Grey Eagle. Site 511 starts 3 miles north of the city of Melrose and service one mile east and west of state highway 13 up to highway 17. Site 809 is north and west of Watkins, MN at the intersection of 150th street and Highway 2 serving within a two mile radius.
    See Melrose Telco dba Arvig maps.

    Midcontinent

    Columbus Last Mile

    189th Ave. NE and Jennings Street NE, Columbus, MN census blocks 270030502101000 and 270030502101005. 21 locations would be served.
    See Midcontinent Columbus map.

    Midcontinent

    Littlefork Middle Mile

    Middle mile fiber between International Falls and Littlefork following MN11 to US71 to CR22. 258 locations would be served.
    See Midcontinent Littlefork map.

    Midcontinent

    Scandia

    25 locations in Wildwood Addition, Scandia, MN. Census blocks 271630702052003 and 271630702052005.
    See Midcontinent Scandia map.

    Minnesota Valley Television Improvement Corp. dba MVTV Wireless

    MVTV Wireless Middle Mile

    Grant request is to upgrade backhaul capacity between site locations within 20 Minnesota Counties:

    Blue Earth
    Lincoln
    Pipestone
    Watonwan

    Chippewa
    Lyon
    Redwood
    Yellow Medicine

    Cottonwood
    Meeker
    Renville

    Jackson
    Murray
    Rock

    Kandiyohi
    Nicollet
    Sibley

    Lac Qui Parle
    Nobles
    Swift

    See MVTV aggregation maps.

    New Ulm Telecom, Inc.

    Goodhue Fiber Project

    This project is located in Goodhue County, Goodhue Township (T111N R15W) sections 14, 15, 21, 22. This is located northeast and east of the town of Goodhue. The project involves 24 passings.
    See New Ulm Goodhue census blocks and map.

    New Ulm Telecom, Inc.

    Hutchinson Fiber Project

    This project is located in McLeod County, Hutchinson Township (T117N R29W) sections 22, 27, 28, and 33. This is located slightly outside of the city limits and just northeast of the town of Hutchinson. The project involves 77 passings.
    See New Ulm Telecom Hutchinson census blocks and map.

    New Ulm Telecom, Inc.

    Mazeppa Fiber Project

    This project is located in Wabasha County, in Mazeppa Zumbro Township (T109N R14W) section 5 and in Chester Township (T110N R41W) sections 27, 29, 32, 33, and 34. This is located northeast of the town of Mazeppa and west of Zumbro Falls. The project involves 28 passings.
    See New Ulm Telecom Mazeppa census blocks and map.

    Ottertail Telcom

    Hwy 59 (94) Intersection to PRT POM

    Areas north and south of Elizabeth (but not to the city of Elizabeth) along Hwy 59. 21 locations would be served. Roads include State Hwy 59, 260th St., 280th St., 295th St., 303 Rd St., and 270th St. Census blocks: 271119608001144, 271119608001140, 271119608001147, 271119608001148, 271119608001117, 271119608001116, 271119608001111, 271119608001113, 271119608001110, 271119608002059.
    See Ottertail Hwy 59 (94) map.

    Ottertail Telcom

    Fergus Falls to Hwy 59 (94) Intersection

    Roads: Co. Rd. 88, 190th Ave.,, 250th St., 260th St., 175th Ave. 63 locations would be served. Census blocks: 271119609002000, 271119609002001, 271119609002048, 271119609002008, 271119608002115, 271119608002112, 271119608002107, 271119608002110, 271119609001000, 271119608001144.
    See Ottertail Fergus Falls to 59 map.

    Palmer Wireless

    Glendorado Apple Road

    Roads:
    Apple Road, Princeton MN
    Agate Road, Princeton MN
    Ashland Road, Princeton MN
    160th Ave, Princeton MN
    Abby Road, Princeton MN

    Census Tract
    170600
    170600
    170600
    170600

    Census Block
    2090
    2104
    2094
    2095

    Locations in Block
    25
    3
    28
    24

    See Palmer wireless Glendorado map.

    Palmer Wireless

    Sherburne Co. Rd. 8

    The proposed Sherburne County Road 8 route will pass 381 unserved homes and businesses.

    Roads:
    Sherburne County Road 8
    80th Ave SE, Clear Lake
    85th Ave, Clear Lake
    84th Ave, Clear Lake
    112th Street, Clear Lake
    116th Street SE, Clear Lake
    95th Ave, Clear Lake
    127th Street, Clear Lake
    108th Ave, Clear Lake
    127th Street, Clear Lake

    Unserved Locations Passed 381
    Total Unserved locations in census blocks 57
    Percent of locations passed of total locations in census blocks (unserved) 100%

    Census Tract
    303.00
    303.00
    303.00
    303.00
    303.00
    303.00
    303.00
    303.00
    303.00
    303.00
    303.00
    303.00

    Census Block
    4065
    5086
    5085
    5087
    4077
    5080
    5108
    5079
    5098
    5092
    5094
    5074

    Locations in Block
    7
    3
    10
    2
    1
    6
    4
    3
    6
    2
    1
    12
    57

    See Palmer Sherburne Co Rd 8.

    Palmer Wireless

    Palmer to St. Cloud

    This project is located in mostly Sherburne County as well as a small portion of Benton County and with part of a middle mile in Stearns County. The route is planned to start at the Southwest corner of Palmer Township and travel through Palmer Township toward the city of St. Cloud where the network will connect the NewCore data center. The route will travel through Sherburne Oaks subdivision along with the hamlet of Palmer. The main roads traveled are Sherburne County Road 16, 135th Ave., Sherburne Country Road 48, Sherburne County Road 6, Sherburne County Road 20. 232 locations would be served.
    See Palmer St. Cloud maps.

    Park Region Telcom

    PRT POM to Erhard

    Roads: Reed Creek Rd., 340th St., 345th St., 180th Ave., 175th Ave. 23 locations would be served. Census blocks: 271119608001024, 271119608002051, 271119608002048, 271119608002047, 271119607002102, 271119607002105, 271119607002124, 271119607002117, 271119607002119, 271119607002123, 271119607002118, 271119607002121.
    See Park Region map.

    Paul Bunyan Communications

    Central Itasca County Fiber

    The proposed project area includes portions of Balsam, Lawrence, and Nashwauk townships in Itasca County. It also includes much of the former Iron Range Township that is now located within the City of Taconite and remains unserved. 1255 locations will be served.
    See Paul Bunyan Itasca County map.
    See Paul Bunyan location count.
    See Paul Bunyan census blocks.

    Redwood County Telephone Co. dba Arvig

    Redwood County Telephone Middle Mile Fiber Extension

    Three sites. Site 1: north of Morgan serving a 2.5 mile radius from the intersection of Co. Hwy. 2 and 280th St.; Site 2: south of Morgan serving a 2.5 mile radius from the intersection of Co. Hwy. 2 and 220th St.; Site 3: a six mile north/south route along Co. Hwy. 1 southwest of State Hwy. 67, south of Redwood Falls. 15 locations would be served.
    See Redwood County dba Arvig maps.

    Runestone Telephone Association

    Holmes City

    The project area will be in Sections 10, 11 and 15 in Holmes City Township, Douglas County. The area will be encompassed as follows: south of Minnesota T.H. #27, between Douglas County #7 and Douglas County #4 to include the unincorporated community of Holmes City. Census Blocks impacted are:
    Census Block;27;041;4501.00;2039;2
    Census Block;27;041;4501.00;2040;2,
    Census Block;27;041;4501.00;2041;2,
    Census Block;27;041;4501.00;2092;2
    Census Block;27;041;4501.00;2098;2,
    Census Block;27;041;4501.00;2100;2
    Census Block;27;041;4501.00;2101;1,2
    108 locations.
    See Runestone Holmes City map.

    Sjoberg’s Inc.

    Roseau County Broadband

    North of Roseau: 16 locations in census blocks 271359703004024, 271359703004025, 271359703004026, 271359703004028, 271359703002000, 271359703002001, 271359703002002. West of Roseau: 29 locations in census blocks 211359702002002, 211359702002003, 211359702002004, 211359702002184, 271359703004109, 271359703004110, 271359703004113, 271359703004114, 271359703004115.
    See Sjoberg census blocks and map.

    West Central Telephone Association

    Hwy 71 Wadena NORTH Expansion Project

    Fiber route covers the Highway 71 corridor south of Sebeka starting at County Road 9 going toward Wadena to Leaf River Road. The route then extends west into Otter Tail County and south along County Road 75 to the west side of Wadena. A total of 62 route miles are designed to cover this proposed project serving 208 customers.
    See West Central Wadena NORTH map.
    See West Central Wadena NORTH census blocks.

    West Central Telephone Association

    Highway 71 Wadena SOUTH Expansion Project

    The fiber route extends west from Verndale including a portion of Todd County, to County Road 75 west of Wadena in Otter Tail County. From there it extends north to cover a corridor that is south of Wadena in Wadena County including Highway 71. A total of approximately 50 route miles are designed to cover this proposed project serving 153 customers.
    See West Central Wadena SOUTH map.
    See West Central Wadena SOUTH census blocks.

    Wikstrom Telephone Company

    Wiktel NW MN Broadband 2015

    192 locations would be served.
    Kittson County:
    Hazelton Township, Sections 18, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, 33, 34; Percy Twsp: Section 31; Thompson Twsp: Sections 13, 14, 24; Jupiter Twsp: Sections 1, 2, and 12; Norway Twsp: Section 7.
    Lake of the Woods County:
    Zipple Twsp, Sections 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26; Wheeler Twsp, Sections 19, 30; Chilgren Twsp, Sections 13-24.
    Marshall County:
    Lincoln Twsp, Sections 16, 21, 22; West Valley Twsp, Sections 7, 12, 13, 18, 19, 24; New Solum Twsp, Sections 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 28-33; Marsh Grove Twsp, Sections 9-16; Spruce Valley Twsp, Sections 22, 23, 27-36; New Maine Twsp, Sections 20, 21, 25-29, 34-36; Holt Twsp, Sections 1-4; New Folden Twsp, Sections 3, 9, 10, 15, 16.
    Roseau County:
    Nereson Twsp, Sections 9-16; Grimstad Twsp, Sections 1, 2, 4-9, 18; Falun Twsp, Sections 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 28-31; Malung Twsp, Sections 31-36; Mickinock Twsp, Sections 1-6, 12, 13; Stafford Twsp, Sections 35, 36.
    See Wikstrom description and census blocks.
    See Wikstrom maps.

    Winona County

    Winona County – Cedar Valley Area

    Portions of Pleasant Hill, Homer and Wilson Townships, Winona County. 376 locations would be served.
    See Winona County Cedar Valley area census blocks.
    See Winona County Cedar Valley area maps.

  • 2014 Grantees

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    2014 BROADBAND GRANT RECIPIENTS

    See a map of grant awards .
    Read about the 2014 challenge process for grant applications, along with a list of all applications received. 

    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.

    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.

Success Stories

We've started to receive good stories from the projects that were funded last year:

Marla, from Fairview Township, wrote to express her excitement about her new broadband access and her thanks. "Two weeks ago our township moved into the 21st Century when our broadband service was spliced in at our town hall and my computer jumped to life. It was a dream come true!" That's just the beginning:

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Kristi from Consolidated Telecommunications Company (CTC) emailed this: "Our first Fort Ripley connection was made today! The Welcome Center on 371 now has fiber to the premise along with a robust wireless network for guest of the welcome center to have free access to. We turned them up today with a symmetrical connection of 250 mbps. Another great economic and public safety initiative in the total project. This photo was taken outside of the welcome center with our technician that installed the services. Thank you all for your support."