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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.


During the 2016 session, the legislature included $35 million in funds for the Border-to-Border Broadband grant program. The legislative focus of this grant is to provide state resources that help make the financial case for new and existing providers to invest in building infrastructure into unserved and underserved areas of the state. Infrastructure has been its primary focus. New in 2016, within the $35 million fund, is a $500,000 fund for projects that include availability and adoption in low income areas, and $5 million for underserved areas.

The grants can provide up to 50 percent of project development costs, and the maximum grant amount is $5 million. The application period for 2016 opens on July 22, 2016 and closes on October 3, 2016. For more information on previous awardees, see the Grants/Grantees tab.

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