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Mapping and Planning Efforts Expanded for the Full Five Year Program


Tue, Sep 28th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota





St. Paul, MN - The Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has awarded Connect Minnesota approximately $2.7 million, under the State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program (SBDD), to further implement broadband initiatives over the original five-year award period.



The additional Recovery Act funding will allow mapping efforts under the SBDD program to continue for three additional years, while the program also focuses on projects that relate to broadband planning activities, such as the identification of barriers to the adoption of broadband service and information technology services.



"This program will meet NTIA's intent for developing high-quality projects designed to gather granular data on broadband availability, technology, speed, and infrastructure across the state," according to Brian Mefford, CEO of Connected Nation, Connect Minnesota's parent organization. "Through this project Connect Minnesota will support the work of the 15 member Minnesota Broadband Advisory Task Force in carrying out its functions, including the production of its annual progress report benchmarking progress toward meeting Minnesota's 2015 broadband goals of a minimum of 10-20 MB to all residents and businesses."



Connect Minnesota will continue to engage in broadband data collection activities that will capture complete and up-to-date datasets from the state's broadband providers and will result in regularly-scheduled updates and further enhancements to the state's interactive broadband map.



Under the SBDD program, the Connect Minnesota initiative released its first iteration of the broadband map in May 2010, and this funding will allow the state to prioritize and track progress over a longer period of time. This data will populate the comprehensive, interactive, and searchable national broadband map that NTIA is required by the Recovery Act to create and make publicly available by February 17, 2011.



As the designated entity for broadband mapping in the North Star State, Connect Minnesota is a public-private partnership working to unite local governments, businesses, and citizens in the goal of increasing broadband service in the state's underserved areas.



To access a summary of the grant project please visit http://www2.ntia.doc.gov/grantee/connected-nation-minnesota.



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Minnesota Gains 600 Jobs in August

Thu, Sep 16th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota



For Immediate Release Contact: Kirsten Morell, 651-259-7161

September 16, 2010 Kirsten.Morell@state.mn.us

Minnesota Gains 600 Jobs

in August

~Unemployment rate at 7 percent~

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MINNESOTA FARMERS OFFER FREE GROCERIES FOR A YEAR!

Wed, Sep 15th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN. (Sept. 15, 2010) - Thousands of Minnesota consumers have learned that a chance to win free groceries for a year is just a mouse click away. In fact, since the Minnesota "Farmers Feed US" promotion at www.FarmersFeedUS.org launched on ..... 
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BACK TO SCHOOL MEANS BUS SAFETY 101 FOR ALL

Wed, Sep 8th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota





ST. PAUL - The Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety is urging motorists to "see yellow" and be ready to respond to school buses and student pedestrians as school resumes in Minnesota. Officials stress motorists ..... 
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DWI CRACKDOWN CONTINUES THROUGH LABOR DAY AS GOVERNOR DECLARES FRIDAY "DESIGNATE A SOBER DRIVER DAY"

Thu, Sep 2nd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Heightened DWI enforcement efforts will surround Labor Day weekend, the seventh deadliest weekend of the year for alcohol-related deaths according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety.

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Coalition of Greater MN Cities

Wed, Sep 1st, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota



St. Paul, MN-With the state facing a $5.8 billion deficit, Minnesotans deserve detailed answers on how candidates for governor will close the budget gap, said the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman t ..... 
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ServeMinnesota's Social & Economic Program Efforts Recognized By Landmark Kennedy Serve America Act With $14.5M in Grants

Tue, Aug 3rd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN - After undergoing a rigorous competition to receive a slice of $234 million in federal AmeriCorps grants, ServeMinnesota programs received $14.5 million from the Corporation for National and Community Service, a 25 percent increase o ..... 
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Take action to stop distraction behind the wheel

Tue, Aug 3rd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Attention drivers! Around 100 law enforcement agencies are conducting a distracted driving educational push coupled with an enforcement effort during the first week of August. Agencies will increase patrols on Aug. 5 during Gov. Pawlenty's ..... 
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FCC to Hear from Minnesotans on Future of Internet

Tue, Aug 3rd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS - The Federal Communications Commission's Michael Copps and Mignon Clyburn will meet with the public at a hearing on the future of the Internet in Minneapolis on Aug. 19.

WHAT: Public Hearing on the Future of the Internet

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