Broadband Infrastructure Grants

Informational Meeting in Crookston August 19

The Minnesota Office of Broadband Deployment will host a regional information meeting next Tuesday to provide an overview on the status of the new broadband infrastructure grant program and discuss the application process and obtain feedback. The meeting will be Tuesday, August 19 from 2:15 to 3:45pm in Crookston at the Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center 2nd Floor, University of Minnesota at Crookston, 2900 University Avenue. Background information on the grant program is available on the web at




IMPACT 20/20 Releases Study on Business Broadband Use

The IMPACT 20/20 Taskforce for Broadband and the Northwest Minnesota Foundation recently released a study of business broadband use within northwest Minnesota.

There were two reasons the study was seen as important: (1) the taskforce wanted a better understanding of the role broadband is currently playing among the region's businesses; and (2) they wanted to identify best practices currently being used, and subsequently, to share those best practices with the broader business community.

In sharing the information, the hope of the taskforce is that individual businesses within the region will be inspired to try new methods that others have found to be effective and that policy makers will be reminded of the important role broadband plays in northwest Minnesota's rural economy. Read more...


Who is IMPACT 20/20

IMPACT 20/20 is an influential group of northwest Minnesota decision makers representing diverse interests and working together for the region’s economic success. Read more....