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**UPDATED** Federal Funds Available for Broadband, Distance Learning, and Telemedicine in Minnesota

We have updated our funding for broadband-related equipment and services to support distance learning, telehealth, and additional broadband deployment through the CARES Act and other funds for Minnesota entities booklet. 

TRADEMARK REGISTRATION

Trademark registration is an important aspect of protecting intellectual property rights. This article shows the two different registers for trademark registration that determines the different protections they are allocated.

Federal Funds Available for Broadband, Distance Learning, and Telemedicine in Minnesota

With the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress has appropriated funding for broadband related equipment and services to support distance learning, telehealth, and additional broadband deployment through the CARES Act. Congress has previously allocated funds to programs for broadband related services that may also be used during this time.  In our booklet, we summarize broadband related programs and funding status for Minnesota entities.

U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
DISASTER LOANS FOR MINNESOTA – CIVIL UNREST

The Small Business Association ("SBA") is offering disaster relief loans for businesses that were impacted by the civil unrest earlier this year. This article outlines what kind of businesses are eligible and what will be covered, as well as a fact sheet provided by the SBA.  

Fiscal Sponsorships – A First Step Toward Realizing Your Social Entrepreneurial Vision

Are you looking for a way to give back to your community? Whether you want to raise money for community clean-up efforts following a disaster, or you want to demo a new performing arts series but are not quite sure you’re in for the long-term commitment of starting your own nonprofit. Maybe you’re ready to launch your vision now, but don’t want to wait until you have tax exempt (501(c)(3) status to get started.

Read more to find out how fiscal sponsorship may be the right tool to jumpstart your vision.

WELCOMING ATTORNEY/MEDIATOR DAWN ZUGAY

Mendoza Law is excited to welcome Dawn as Senior Counsel and a Mediator to the practice! Dawn's extensive background in conflict resolution provides clients of Mendoza Law valuable skills and perspectives that help resolve their problems as well as assisting non-profit clients too. Check out her bio to learn more about her! 

MINNESOTA’S 2019 BROADBAND GRANT RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED

The Minnesota Office of Broadband Development has released its broadband grant recipients for the 2019 cycle. Over $23 million in state funding was awarded to 30 projects across Minnesota to improve broadband speeds and infrastructure. 

Read more about the grants in the full article.

MPUC APPROVES SETTLEMENT REGARDING FRONTIER’S TELEPHONE SERVICE QUALITY

In October 2019, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission held a hearing regarding a settlement between Frontier Communications and the Minnesota Department of Commerce. The settlement came after the Commission received a large volume of complaints regarding Frontier’s telephone service quality, customer service, and billing practice and after the Department of Commerce investigated Frontier’s alleged violation of Minnesota’s state telecommunications regulatory statutes.

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission released its Order approving the settlement with modifications on January 22, 2020. The settlement is now in effect and Frontier must begin reporting its compliance with the service quality metrics set forth in the settlement.

 

Read about the details of the settlement in the full article.

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