Broadband

The Governor’s Task Force on Broadband recently released its 2016 Annual Report. MSBA’s Denise Dittrich is a member of the Governor’s Task Force. “I am pleased to present the 2016 report, which includes the recommendation to fully fund the Telecommunications Access Equity Aid — a 2016 policy passed by the…

By Marc Johnson, East Central Minnesota Educational Cable Cooperative (ECMECC) Recently, the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband met to discuss the issue of broadband affordability. We still have a problem in our state with availability of quality, high-speed broadband — especially in the rural parts of the state. We also…

Source: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) The 2016 period for broadband grant applications opened on July 22 for $35 million in state funding to expand broadband infrastructure in Minnesota. Applications for the new funding will be accepted through October 3 through the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic…

Source: Office of Gov. Mark Dayton Gov. Mark Dayton today signed the supplemental budget bill (Chapter 189, HF2749) which will begin to establish voluntary prekindergarten for all Minnesota children, continue the expansion of broadband internet access in Greater Minnesota, and begin eliminating racial economic disparities in Minnesota. One of the…

MSBA Executive Director Kirk Schneidawind spoke in favor of affordable broadband access for all Minnesota school districts during a press conference Wednesday morning at the Minnesota Senate Building. Play the video below to listen to Schneidawind’s remarks. [wpvideo stEgld9k] MSBA is part of a coalition that is supporting two broadband…

Sen. Matt Schmit and statewide broadband advocacy stakeholders — including MSBA — have scheduled a press conference for today (Wednesday, April 27) to voice support for the Senate’s broadband proposals. The press conference is set for 10 a.m. today in Room 2237 of the Minnesota Senate Building (located at 95 University…

  Note: The following information comes from a recent update by Sen. Matt Schmit to broadband advocates. Dear Broadband Advocate: Earlier this week, Gov. Mark Dayton announced his supplemental budget proposal — including a renewed call for a $100 million investment in broadband infrastructure. Of course, this is welcome news for…

Source: Session Daily | Scroll down below for MSBA’s reaction By Nick Longworth, Session Daily Is high-speed Internet as important to developing rural communities in 2016 as electricity was in 1916? A letter in support of HF 2381, sponsored by Rep. Dave Baker (R-Willmar), argues just that. The bill would…

In November, “Border to Boarder Broadband” conference participants created and adopted a vision statement for broadband in Minnesota. (The conference was sponsored by the Blandin Foundation and the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development.) The “Minnesota Broadband Vision” statement reads: “Everyone in Minnesota will be able to use convenient, affordable world-class…

Source: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development The Governor’s Task Force on Broadband released its 2016 Annual Report today, which includes recommendations for Gov. Mark Dayton, the Legislature and other policymakers to consider in the 2016 legislative session. The recommendations outlined in the report are aimed at ensuring every…

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