border-to-border broadband

The Governor’s Task Force on Broadband recently released its 2017 Annual Report. The report highlighted the work of the Broadband Task Force and included policy recommendations for the governor and Legislature. The task force has studied issues related to broadband affordability, adoption and accessibility, and has made recommendations to remove…

Source: Office of Broadband Development Lt. Governor Tina Smith and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced the 2017 Border-to-Border Broadband Grant recipients on November 21, bringing an early Thanksgiving to 39 broadband infrastructure projects that will provide 9,973 households, 2,169 businesses, and 60 community institutions across…

The Governor’s Task Force on Broadband took a field trip Wednesday, June 28, to witness the positive impact high-speed Internet access is having on Rock County. Denise Dittrich represents MSBA members on the Task Force. Several communities within rural Rock County have been the beneficiaries of high-speed Internet service thanks…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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