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Why Minneapolis?

Minnesota gets it

Minnesota’s goal is border-to-border high-speed Internet access throughout the state – and it’s putting the needed money where its mouth is.

The state’s 2016 budget includes $35 million in new funding for the Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant program to boost rural broadband coverage.

The Legislature also approved updating the state’s broadband speed goals: By no later than 2022, all Minnesota businesses and homes will have access to high-speed broadband that provides minimum download speeds of at least 25 megabits per second and minimum upload speeds of at least 3 megabits per second.

Another provision of the bill sets aside $5 million of the $35 million for areas that currently meet those goals but want to raise speeds to get better service to boost economic development.

The new funds, and the requirement that applicants match state grants with private investment, mean Minnesotans should see a doubling of broadband connections under the program in the next year.

Learn from the experts

The 2016 funds are the third round of public grants the state has offered.

The state is focused on making public/private partnerships work.

All of Minnesota’s elected officials are actively engaged in pursuing the border-to-border goal.

Come to Minneapolis and see how they’re doing it.

Expanding on success

Minnesota is the fastest growing state in the nation for technology jobs, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

It’s the best state for business, says CNBC.


What better place to hold a conference on broadband and economic development!


In 2010, the Minnesota legislature established the following goals:
  1. Be in the top five states of the United States for broadband speed universally accessible to residents and businesses
  2. Be in the top five states for broadband access
  3. Be in the top 15 for broadband penetration when compared with countries around the world

91.45% of Minnesota households have broadband access available at a speed of at least 10 Mbps download and 5 Mbps upload

80.16% of rural Minnesota households have a broadband connection that meets these speeds

The new funding continues the effort to close the gap, border to border.

"High-speed, reliable broadband infrastructure is essential for the economic and social vitality of Minnesota communities. Whether you are a doctor, a student, a teacher, or a small business, you can’t do your job without broadband internet access."

— Lt. Governor Tina Smith

“Broadband deployment is a necessity to help grow our small-town rural economy, support Minnesota's entrepreneurial spirit, create new jobs, attract new people, and modernize the education and healthcare services so essential to quality of life."

— U.S. Sen. Al Franken

"We know that broadband plays a vital role in connecting people to health care, education, and the global economy. Expanded access to broadband in Minnesota provides opportunities for every Minnesotan."

— Margaret Anderson Kelliher, President and CEO, Minnesota High Tech Association, and head of the governor’s Broadband Task Force


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