• LightSpeed Grants

    Since 2007, the Light Speed Grant Program has provided matching funds to rural Minnesota communities to support project implementation of new broadband applications from institutions (schools, health care facilities, etc.) to the home or between institutions with a priority on applications that reach home users. 


    • Spur the implementation of broadband intensive applications by community institutions that will 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.

    To date, grants have been awarded to:

    • Home and Community Options
    • MACCRAY School District
    • Lakewood Health Systems
    • Windom
    • City of Adrian
    • Lac qui Parle Health Network
    • MN West Community & Tech College
    • MN Rural Health Cooperative
    • Lac qui Parle EDA
    • Chippewa County Montevideo Hospital
    • City of Sherburn
    • MinnWest Technology Foundation
    • Itasca Area Schools Collaborative
    • Southwestern Minnesota Adult Mental Health Consortium

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