Minnesota Senate approves $20 million in grants for rural broadband
4 May 2020
As many Minnesotans are forced to work and learn from home during the coronavirus pandemic, the state Senate on Monday, May 4, unanimously voted to create a $20 million grant program to expand rural broadband access.
Out of a $20 million pot -- most or all of which legislators hope to see covered by federal coronavirus relief dollars -- half will be devoted to building broadband infrastructure to homes and communities that have no access to high speed internet. Another $8 million will go toward distance learning grants for schools, and $2 million toward building telemedicine infrastructure -- particularly in rural hospitals that don't currently have such resources available.