From 2007 to 2014, the LightSpeed Grant Program provided matching funds to rural Minnesota communities to support project implementation of cutting edge broadband applications from institutions (schools, health care facilities, etc.) to the home or between institutions with a priority on applications that reach home users.
The goals of the program were to:
- Spur the implementation of broadband intensive applications by community institutions that would increase the community’s competitiveness and/or improve the community’s quality of life.
- Demonstrate the value of robust ultra-high speed networks.
- Help local institutions develop strategies to overcome barriers to application deployment, providing a model for similar institutions within the community and around the state of Minnesota.