Minnesota Governor, Mark Dayton, is passionate about a lot of things. Broadband internet service for everyone remains at the top of his list.
His specially appointed Task Force on Broadband released its 2016 Annual Report this week. The report includes recommendations for Governor Dayton, the legislature, and other policy makers to consider in the 2016 Legislative Session.
According to the DEED Communications announcement ~
“The goal of the task force is that every home and business, border-to-border, should have access to high-speed broadband,” said Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband. “Expanding broadband allows all businesses to compete in today’s global economy no matter where they are located in Minnesota, expands educational opportunities, and helps people stay in touch with health care providers to receive care and monitor their health conditions. These recommendations will move our state closer to our goal.”
The Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program is one of DEED’s tools aimed towards achieving that goal.
…created by the Legislature in 2014 and initially funded at $20 million, provides funding to build the state’s broadband infrastructure and promote broadband access in unserved and underserved areas of the state. The grants provide up to a dollar-for-dollar match on funds, not to exceed $5 million for any one project, and are distributed to qualified entities.
As an honored recipient of the BtB Grant Program, MVTV Wireless is begun implementation of a massive middle-mile infrastructure buildout to upgrade backhaul capacity between site locations within 20 southwestern Minnesota counties that will improve services to state speed goal levels and above to 6,000+ existing customers. In conjunction with existing and identified fiber points of presence, MVTV will enhance wireless backhaul aggregation links in select areas. The project deployment consists of 58 11GHz licensed radio links. Radio full duplex capacity will reach a maximum scalable throughput in excess of 1Gbps download and 1Gbps upload.
Community and Economic Development Impact: Agricultural data usage is exploding nationally and very apparent in MVTV’s service area, from drone services, GPS-based millimeter farming to machine-to-machine data transfer. This broadband investment will improve broadband access and speeds.
MVTV Wireless would like to, AGAIN, thank Governor Dayton, local legislators and DEED for your continued support and commitment to the vitality of rural Minnesota!
‘Connecting Rural Minnesota’