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Minnesota State Broadband Office

Minnesota State Broadband Office Overview

Minnesota Broadband Grant Award Status

BEAD :$651.8 M

Minnesota 5 Year Plan
Initial Proposal v1
3
Initial Proposal v2
4
Challenge Window
5
Application Window
6
Awards Announced

Treasury Capital Projects Fund: $180.7 M

Treasury Approved
2
Application Window
3
Awards Announced

Broadband Office Name:
Office of Broadband Development

Parent Department:
Minnesota Employment and Economic Development

Minnesota Broadband Director

Bree Maki

Executive Director, MN Broadband Development

About Office of Broadband Development

The Office of Broadband Development and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development are the state broadband coordinators. The Minnesota Broadband Infrastructure Plan was created in 2019 and reviewed in January 2021. 

The state broadband speed goals are articulated at Minn. Stat. §237.012. They call for achieving border-to-border access by all homes and businesses in the state to a service that offers speeds of at least 25 Mbps download by 3 Mbps upload by the year 2022. 
A second goal to be achieved by the year 2026 seeks to have broadband service offering 100 Mbps download and 20 Mbps upload from at least one provider available to all homes and businesses

So far, 89% of the state obtains terrestrial broadband coverage of 25 mbps, yet 15% of residents have access to low-priced broadband plans with over 266 ISPs operating within the state

Broadband Programs include the K-12 Connect Forward Initiative for affordable bandwidth and Wifi for Digital learning. 

Minnesota's state legislature approved $70 million for broadband grants in 2021 for the state’s Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant program. That came from the the American Rescue Plan.

The Walz Administration has proposed $170 million for the state's Border-to-Border program for fiscal year 2022. 

More info

Jenn Frost

Broadband Grants Administrator

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

jennifer.frost@state.mn.us

Karrie Jansen

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

karrie.jansen@state.mn.us

 

Minnesota Broadband Investment Maps

Minnesota broadband investment map ready strength rank

Minnesota Map of Ready Strength Rank

Minnesota broadband investment map yield on cost

Minnesota Yield on Cost Maps

Minnesota broadband investment map price and competition

Minnesota Pricing & Competition Map

Minnesota broadband investment map business establishments

Minnesota Map of Business Establishments in Underserved Areas

Minnesota broadband investment map small business establishments

Minnesota Small Business Establishments Map

Minnesota broadband investment map REC coverage

Minnesota Rural Electric Cooperative (REC) Coverage Map

Minnesota Map of Anchor Institutions

Minnesota Broadband Service Provider Coverage Maps

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Minnesota Broadband Serviceable Locations (BSLs) Map

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