RAMS is pleased and exicted to be the host for all that is happening with broadband expansion across the Iron Range. If your community is considering a project, or has a project in the works, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org). RAMS will continue to advocate for broadband expansion in rural northern Minnesota and I serve on the board of directors for the MN Rural Broadband Coalition. This website is the central location for the shared documents such as feasibility studies, broadband initiatives and the hopeful broadband projects occurring in the region. This site is a byproduct of the Blandin / IRRR broadband community grant initiative and is directly a project of the “Mt Iron-Buhl Blandin Broadband Community.”
Interest is high in Greenwood Township for High Speed Broadband
2019 Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program
Applications Received—Challenge Process Begins
Seventy-eight (78) applications for the 2019 Border-to-Border Broadband Development grant program were received by the September 13 deadline. The Office of Broadband Development has initiated the challenge process required by Minnesota law (Minn. Stat. 116J.395 subd. 5a) concurrent with its review of the applications. A list of the applications filed and instructions on how to file a challenge, if necessary, are available at http://mn.gov/deed/programs-
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Blandin Broadband News
- Talking to folks in Maine about broadband adoption in Minnesota
- NTIA Launches Minority Broadband Initiative – for Southern US
- Video cord cutters use more than half a terabyte of broadband bandwidth per month
- Southwest MN Broadband Services looks at closed meetings in the future
- Rural Entrepreneurs need better broadband
- New FirstNet Cell Site to Support Public Safety in Northwestern Minnesota near White Earth Reservation and Surrounding Community
- Rural students need broadband to prepare for college like suburban and urban peers
- Jan Keough receives Blandin Foundation Courageous Broadband Leader Award
- Clearing the Way for Telemedicine – FCC report on telehealth
- Blandin Broadband Initiative Celebrating 15 Years of Community Partnerships
- Census 2020 available online, by phone, by mail to all areas
- Southwest Minnesota Broadband Services (SMBS) receives Courageous Leadership Award
- Broadband Parity Act – use 25 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up across the board
- EVENT: Startup Pitch Night & Roundtable coming Nov 19 in Willmar MN
- Smart Rural Community Grant – deadline Dec 2, 2019
City of Ely
The city will construct and own the fiber and CTC will lease the fiber and provide broadband service down both sides of Sheridan street to the business sector of Ely. Using utility poles owned by the City and Frontier Communications this project will provide a significant upgrade in bandwidth for the business community. The IRRR has already agreed to a $120,000 grant, the city will contribute $28,000 and CTC will cover $91,500 of the $240,000 project. The project is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2019.Bois Forte Band of Chippewa
The project consists of construction of a fiber to the premise broadband network serving 442 unserved and underserved households within the Bois Forte Reservation. Bois Forte will construct the infrastructure and Consolidated Telephone Company (CTC) will operate and provide broadband service once the network is constructed. The project will result in speeds much greater that the Minnesota’s 2026 speed goal of 100 megabits per second down and 20 megabits up. Construction is planned for summer of 2020. Total project cost is $2,317,090.00 and a request for $1,158,545.00 from the DEED Border to Border grant program has been submitted. The project is contingent upon approval of the grant. The IRRR is likely to contribute $580,000 towards the project.Ash River (Northwest St. Louis Co unorganized)
Another fiber to the premise project that would serve 121 unserved and underserved households in the Ash River Area. Paul Bunyan Communications will construct, operate and provide broadband service once constructed. This project will also provide broadband speeds far exceeding the 2026 Minnesota standards. Construction is planned for the summer of 2020 contingent upon receipt of all funding. A request for $156,066 from DEED Border to Border and $105,450 from the IRRR for a total project cost of $421,800.00. PBC will contribute $160,284 towards the project.
Fiber to the premise that would serve 207 unserved or underserved households. Paul Bunyan Communications will construct, operate and provide broadband services upon completion. Construction is planned for summer of 2020 contingent upon funding. Grant requests include $236,400 from the IRRR and $349,872 from DEED Border to Border. Total project cost is $945,600.00 with PBC contributing $359,328.Morcom Township
Paul Bunyan Communications will construct, operate and provide broadband service via this fiber to the premise network to 126 unserved or underserved households in Morcom Township (north of Chisholm). Summer of 2020 is the target for construction contingent upon funding. Grant requests include $224,800 from the IRRR and $331,704 from DEED Border to Border grant funding. The Township will contribute $10,000.00 towards the project which is projected to cost $900,000.00. PBC will contribute $332,696 towards the project.
Elephant & Black Duck Lake (Camp 5 Unorganized Township)
Paul Bunyan Communications will construct, operate and provide fiber to the premise upon completion of the broadband network for 124 unserved and underserved households near Elephant Lake. Summer of 2020 is the targeted construction date contingent upon funding. Grant requests include $236,050 from the IRRR and $349,354 from DEED Border to Border grant program. Total cost is projected at $944,200.00 PBC will contribute $358,796 towards the project.
$28.5 million to Rural Minnesota Broadband