NUU Mobile Intros $50k Kickstarter For 4G LTE Global Wi-Fi Device

fTFKbUt8Nuu Mobile, a lesser known Rochester maker of unlocked Android devices, has taken to Kickstarter for a $50k crowdfunding campaign to launch the Konnect i1:

“The NUU Konnect i1 provides worldwide 4G LTE service at an affordable flat rate of USD $10/day for unlimited data. The award winning eSIM technology found in the Konnect i1 allows for up to 5 connected devices.

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Locally Owned & Operated US Internet Is Expanding In Minneapolis

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By By Alex Van Abbema, Star Tribune

usinternetUS Internet will expand its optical fiber network in southwest Minneapolis this year, after overcoming an obstacle from the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

Over the last three years, the Minnetonka-based company has placed fiber under streets in much of the southern half of the city. But its entry into the southwest corner, particularly the Fulton and Linden Hills neighborhoods, was slowed when the Park Board last spring denied its initial application to take fiber through parkland and under Minnehaha Creek.”

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DEED Doles Out $34 Million For Rural Broadband

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“ST. PAUL, MN – Lt. Governor Tina Smith and the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) today announced grants totaling $34 million for 42 broadband infrastructure projects that will provide 16,627 households, 2,240 businesses, and 71 community institutions across Minnesota access to reliable, affordable high-speed internet. The new state funding will help level the playing field for households and businesses in Greater Minnesota by providing them access the same opportunities available to urban area residents. Governor Dayton and Lt. Governor Smith secured the $34 million to expand high-speed internet access during the 2016 Legislative Session, after first proposing a $100 million investment.”

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Dallas-Based Stream Data Centers To Develop $250m Chaska Site For U.S. Bank

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screen-shot-2016-12-21-at-9-39-42-amBy Matt Johnson, Finance and Commerce

“Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank will start building a $250 million data center in Chaska this spring to add information storage to the bank’s computer network.

The bank, whose parent company’s assets exceed $450 billion, will get at least $835,000 in grants and abatements from the state of Minnesota and Chaska to pay for the center. Officials say the public aid was worth keeping the project from going to another state.”

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The State With the Highest Rate of Internet Usage May Surprise You

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screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-11-21-36-amBy Nina Zipkin, Entrepreneur.com

“The three U.S. states with the largest populations are California, Texas and New York. So you might think that given sheer geographic area, the population density of metropolitan centers such as New York City, Los Angeles and Houston, or the presence of Silicon Valley that one of these states would have the greatest proportion of internet users. However, that isn’t the case.”

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LocaLoop Is Raising $2m For ‘4G In A Box’

Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 11.51.40 AMSt. Louis Park’s LocaLoop is offering $2m in convertible debt, with $50k sold, according to this SEC disclosure.

Led by Swedish immigrant, Founder/CEO Carl Johan Torarp,  LocaLoop provides an integrated 4G broadband internet business solution for data communication throughout rural geographies.

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US Internet’s High-Speed Rollout Snags On Minneapolis Park Board

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By Adam Belz, Star Tribune

US Internet’s gradual expansion of its fiber optic network across south Minneapolis has run into a roadblock: the Minneapolis Park Board.   The firm expects to offer its cheap, fast alternative to Comcast and CenturyLink to neighborhoods north of Lake Hiawatha later this year, and now expects to reach the Mississippi River some time in 2017.

However, Park Board commissioners won’t let the small Internet service firm dig under parkland, preventing the firm from moving south of Minnehaha Creek, going southwest of Lake Harriet or connecting homes that face the parkway.”

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Eden Prairie Hardware Venture MAX4G Raises Another Million Plus

MAX4GEden Prairie network hardware venture MAX4G has raised another $1m as part of a $3m round that commenced in June.

CEO Vladimir Kelman initiated MAX4G in 2008 after the buyout of a previous company, NextNet Wireless, by Clearwire in 2004 (and again by Motorola in 2006).

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DEED Doles Out $11.5m Subsidy For Broadband In Rural Minnesota

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St. PAUL – Lt. Governor Tina Smith and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) today announced that $11 million in grants have been awarded for projects to expand broadband access in 15 Greater Minnesota communities. Lt. Governor Smith made the announcement at the Blandin Foundation’s “Border to Border Broadband: Better Together” Conference.”

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