It was nice to see the recent broadband meeting held in Hinckley get attention from the local press. I wrote about the meeting earlier – it was a great gather of several counties: Pine, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Carlton and Aitkin. All came to make a plan to expand broadband in their area.
The Kanabec County Times picked up on the economic development opportunities that broadband could bring…
From an economic development perspective, [Bernadine] Joselyn said research shows that economic growth follows telecommunications investment.
“Companies seeking new locations quickly bypass communities without world-class broadband,” she pointed out. “Many of Minnesota’s highest earners, including retired or semi-retired professionals, would prefer to live next to a lake or on a hobby farm. Unconnected communities stand little chance of attracting or retaining these potential taxpayers, not to mention recent college graduates.”
Bill Coleman, president of Community Technology Advisors, serves as a catalyst to bring people together in support of regional broadband goals. “The future is already here,” Coleman observed. “It’s just not evenly distributed.” Coleman and Connect Minnesota’s Bill Hoffman encouraged people to visit the Connect Minnesota website to view an interactive map identifying broadband providers and connection speeds.