(St. Paul, MN) — The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has approved grants totaling $50 million to extend broadband access to nearly nine thousand homes and businesses. Funding will support 24 projects across 25 counties, aiming to enhance high-speed broadband connectivity. DEED Commissioner Matt Varilek emphasizes the equity importance of broadband, highlighting its impact on the lives and livelihoods of businesses, students, and residents in rural areas. The list of grant recipients can be found on the DEED website.