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Broadband Grant Program

Office of Broadband Development

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

Overview

The Border to Border Broadband Development Grant Program was created in Minn. Stat. 116J.395 in 2014. The legislative focus of this grant program is to provide state resources that help make the financial case for new and existing providers to invest in building broadband infrastructure into unserved and underserved areas of the state. In the 2019 legislative session, $20 million was appropriated for fiscal year 2020 and 2021. We are awaiting the outcome of the 2021 legislative session to know if the Border to Border Broadband Development Grant Program will be offered this year.

As background, under current law, the grants can provide up to 50 percent of a project’s infrastructure costs (project planning, permits, construction plant and labor, installation and testing, engineering, etc.). The maximum grant amount is $5 million. The smallest project awarded to-date funded the deployment of broadband infrastructure to 8 locations and the largest projects have funded deployment to thousands of locations. Grants are awarded through a competitive grant application process. In each year that the grant program has been offered, applications have far exceeded the available funding.

The 2020 Awards tab below directs you to information for the recently announced awards in the 2020 (FY21) grant round. The remaining four tabs provide information on the grants awarded during the first five years the program was offered (2014-2017, 2019).

Please continue to visit this page of the Office of Broadband Development website to stay up-to-date on the Border to Border Broadband Infrastructure grant program.

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