MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and Katie Sieben, commissioner of Minnesota’s economic development department, held a teleconference Monday to talk about the state’s new broadband Internet expansion program.
Sieben said the $19.4 million in grants will help connect 6,100 households, 83 community institutions and 150 businesses with faster Internet.READ MORE: Man Hospitalized After Hit-And-Run In Brooklyn Park
“From an economic development perspective, not having access to high quality broadband limits our state’s ability to compete,” Sieben said.
Winning applicants were awarded grants as small as $105,000 and as big as $5 million.READ MORE: Aromatherapy Spray Linked To Deadly Tropical Disease; 1 Minnesotan Among Those Sickened In U.S.