DEED seeks $70 million for rural broadband

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

After a five-year effort to bring broadband internet to rural Minnesota, state leaders believe the finish line is in sight.

Under Gov. Tim Walz’s proposed budget, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development would spend $35 million in both 2020 and 2021 to support the Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program. That $70 million will put the state on track to hit a statutory goal of extending broadband to all Minnesotans by 2022, DEED Commissioner Steve Grove said.

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