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Broadband Access Project

What is the Broadband Access Project?

The Broadband Access Project is a $3.6-million initiative of the University of Minnesota's Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) to improve high-speed internet (broadband) access, awareness, and use in four federally designated poverty zones in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The project supports development and enhancements of 11 community-based public computer centers (see map) for underserved populations, including African-Americans, Latinos, American Indian, and Asian and African immigrants.

What is the goal of this project?

The goal of the BAP is to help eliminate the digital divide by enhancing and expanding access to high-speed internet (broadband) in underserved communities to expand access to information about employment, education, health, and community and economic development. The project will open doors, enhance lives, and create access and job opportunities through technology.

Who are the community partners?

  • Asian Community Technology Center (St. Paul)
  • Centro (South Minneapolis)
  • Glendale Townhomes-Minneapolis Public Housing (South Minneapolis)
  • Hmong American Partnership (St. Paul)
  • Lifetrack Resources (St. Paul)
  • Patchwork Quilt (North Minneapolis)
  • Phyllis Wheatley Community Center (North Minneapolis)
  • Project for Pride in Living (North Minneapolis)
  • Sabathani Community Center (South Minneapolis)
  • YWCA Youth Achiever Program (St. Paul)

What are some of the benefits of the Broadband Access Project to the community?

  • Establish two new and upgrade nine existing community-based public computer centers (PCC)
  • Increase broadband speeds at participating PCC
  • Create 24 BAP apprentice jobs in communities over the life of the grant
  • Increase public awareness of how broadband can improve lives


BAP is funded in part by a three-year $2.9-million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce (Award #27-42 B10003) with matching support of $740,000 from the University of Minnesota and community partners.  The grant is part of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program for Public Computer Centers and Sustainable Broadband Adoption, under the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.


The University of Minnesota UROC building at Plymouth and Penn avenues in North Minneapolis is open Monday–Friday
from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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