Broadband

MSBA’s Denise Dittrich (MSBA Associate Director of Government Relations) and Danna MacKenzie (Executive Director of the Minnesota Office of Broadband) led a round table discussion called “Broadband: The Education Super Highway” on Friday, January 15, during the MSBA Leadership Conference in Minneapolis to provide school leaders with some basic facts…

MSBA’s Associate Director of Government Relations Denise Dittrich was appointed to the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband last June. The Task Force was tasked with three jobs: (1) update the broadband speed goals, (2) write a broadband report for Gov. Mark Dayton and (3) make policy recommendations to the governor and…

Gov. Mark Dayton recently announced that he wants lawmakers to approve $100 million in state funds for broadband access grants to improve broadband to rural Minnesota. “That’s essential to give everyone in Greater Minnesota equal access to the economic future that people in the metropolitan area enjoy,” Dayton said. Click…

Source: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has closed the application process for $10.58 million in funding that is available to build out broadband infrastructure in Greater Minnesota. The agency’s Office of Broadband Development said it received requests…

Denise Dittrich, MSBA Associate Director of Government, was quoted in a recent Duluth News Tribune story (written by Don Davis of Forum News Service). Dittrich attended a round table meeting Thursday — along with U.S. Sen. Al Franken and other leaders — to discuss the need for broadband in rural…

Source: Blandin Foundation Note: The following information is courtesy of the Blandin Foundation’s “Blandin Broadband e-News” (September 15). Visit http://blandinfoundation.org to learn more about the Blandin Foundation, whose mission is to strengthen rural Minnesota communities. Minnesota Policy, Policymakers and Public Seemingly spurred by conversations started at FarmFest people are talking…

MSBA is encouraging school districts, cities, counties, businesses, nonprofits and other eligible applicants to consider applying for a grant to continue the expansion of Minnesota’s broadband infrastructure. Applications must be received by 4 p.m. on September 15, 2015. The grants are available as a part of $10.58 million for the…

The Mankato Free Press posted a story on its website today, “Rural broadband development leads to many business, educational opportunities.” The article highlights the inequity of broadband access in rural Minnesota. This inequity has a big impact on everything, including rural schools. The story includes this sentence: “Poor Internet access means…

On Thursday, Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Denise Dittrich (MSBA’s Associate Director of Government Relations) to the Minnesota Broadband Task Force. The Governor’s Task Force on Broadband develops policies to promote the expansion of broadband access throughout Minnesota. “I look forward to continue the good work of the members who have…

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