US Rep. Michelle Fischbach support broadband

West Central Tribune reports…

Newly elected U.S. Rep. Michelle Fischbach voiced her support for the Highway 23 Coalition’s efforts to make the highway a four-lane route from Interstate 90 to Interstate 35.

She also voiced support for broadband…

She earlier told a Minnesota’s District 17’s remote town hall meeting in April that she supports some aspects of Biden’s new infrastructure package, such as broadband, but is cautious regarding electric vehicle spending.

More info…

He said Republican concerns over the size of Biden’s proposal focus on whether the funds are to be borrowed, or raised through tax increases. He said the Republican caucus in Congress would also like to see a larger ratio of the funding devoted to what he termed traditional infrastructure, such as roads and bridges. He said the congresswoman will also urge a larger commitment of funds for broadband expansion in rural areas.

EVENT May 20: Orientation to OBD Mapping & Data Resources

From the MN Office of Broadband Development…

Join us for this free webinar on Thursday, May 20, at 10:00 a.m.

The Minnesota Office of Broadband Development (OBD) is hosting a free webinar that will cover resources available on OBD’s website, highlighting mapping information and tools to assist communities and providers in planning broadband expansion projects. The session will also include a tutorial/overview of OBD’s interactive broadband map.

Who Should Attend:

Local government officials and staff, economic developers and other broadband stakeholders interested in learning more about mapping and other resources available on the Office of Broadband Development website or considering the use of Local Fiscal Recovery Funds for broadband infrastructure projects.

Topics covered will include:

  • How to search for broadband service/area providers
  • How to view service availability – today and tomorrow – and who is building it
  • How a County or City GIS or Economic Development professional might use the data in planning
  • How communities are using local funding resources for broadband projects
  • Overview of a typical grant round
  • Grant template for local units of government

Webinar information:

Date and time: Thursday, May 20, 10 a.m.

Platform: This webinar will be held in Microsoft Teams. You can use the browser version if you don’t have the application.

Link to join: This is the webinar link

Questions: For more information, email deed.broadband@state.mn.us

This webinar will be recorded and posted afterwards in the Maps and Data section of the OBD website.

Can I spend American Recovery Plan funding on Digital Inclusion and computers? Yes you can!

The other day I outlines some of the specifics in the American Recovery Plan that looked at broadband deployment; today I want to share notes from NDIA’s (National Digital Inclusion Alliance) take on how other parts of the plan can support for digital use and inclusion…

$350 billion is allocated in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) to state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments for the purpose of ‘laying the foundation for a strong and equitable recovery.’ Within ARPA, three funds may be used to support digital inclusion or broadband deployment activities: Sec. 602, the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund, Sec. 603the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund and Sec. 604, The Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund (CCPF). 602 and 603 are usually discussed together and guidance is provided in an Interim Final Rule. Guidance for Sec. 604 is forthcoming and expected to be similar to the 602 and 603 guidance.

More info on Sec. 602, the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund and Sec. 603the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund

On page 33 of the Sec 602 and 603 Interim Final Rule, “Assistance to Households’ is defined as the following:

“Assistance to households or populations facing negative economic impacts due to COVID-19 is also an eligible use. This includes: food assistance; rent, mortgage, or utility assistance; counseling and legal aid to prevent eviction or homelessness; cash assistance (discussed below); emergency assistance for burials, home repairs, weatherization, or other needs; internet access or digital literacy assistance; or job training to address negative economic or public health impacts experienced due to a worker’s occupation or level of training. As discussed above, in considering whether a potential use is eligible under this category, a recipient must consider whether, and the extent to which, the household has experienced a negative economic impact from the pandemic.”

The Interim Final Rule notes that for the ‘Assistance to households’ category, when applicants are “considering whether a potential use is eligible under this category, a recipient must consider whether, and the extent to which, the household has experienced a negative economic impact from the pandemic.” But the Interim Final Review goes on to say, “In assessing whether a household or population experienced economic harm as a result of the pandemic, a recipient may presume that a household or population that experienced unemployment or increased food or housing insecurity or is low- or moderate-income experienced negative economic impacts resulting from the pandemic.”

We interpret “internet access or digital literacy assistance” to include:

      • Covering the cost of a household’s broadband service, including through bulk purchases

      • Outreach for low-cost and subsidized broadband service

      • Digital literacy training

      • Digital navigation

      • Purchasing devices for households

      • Broadband infrastructure

 

More info on Sec. 604. The Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund (CCPF)

Sec. 604. The Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund (CCPF) is a separate, $10 billion fund which “allows for investment in high-quality broadband as well as other connectivity infrastructure, devices, and equipment.” The Treasury Department will begin to accept applications for review in the summer of 2021 and will issue guidance soon. Eligible applicants are required to submit a plan describing how they intend to use the funds and how they will be consistent with the Treasury guidance.

State, local, territorial, and Tribal governments do not have to submit plans for how they intend to use the funds for Sec. 602 or Sec. 603. They can now request the funding allocated to them based on the funding formulas from the Treasury. As the funds were intentionally structured to be flexible in use, we anticipate each local and state government to apply their funds differently to meet their community’s needs.

It’s really good news and hopefully sets the stage for recognizing that people need more than the wires to make use of broadband!

Mayo Clinic doctor says Digital Healthcare is Healthcare

KTTC Rochester reports…

Three Mayo Clinic health professionals spoke virtually Tuesday about the advantages of remote care and the future of the health care provider-patient relationship.

Telehealth has been growing…

At its height, the pandemic is blamed for an 80 to 90% drop of in-person health care appointments.

“Beyond the height of the pandemic, we have witnessed a decline in the use of digital health care but not back to the pre-pandemic levels,” Damaerschalk said.

A new law in Arizona is expanding the definition of telehealth to be more inclusive, meaning providers will be compensated for helping patients when they aren’t in-person or virtually face-to-face.

“From a reimbursement standpoint, both government and commercial payors are reimbursing telemedicine activities on the same basis as in-person activities,” Ommen said.

The trio of doctors hopes to see that law adopted in Minnesota and Florida as well.

The doctors were very supportive…

Damaerschalk also recounted his difficulty to tell the difference between telehealth and in-person practices from a provider standpoint.

“I was completing documentation on my patients, and I had actually forgotten in several instances whether I had seen that patient in person or if I had seen them by telemedicine,” Damaerschalk said. “I paused for a moment, because to me that resonated, as it should, that digital health care is health care.”

Broadband in US – good but expense according to reports

Broadband Search looks at cost of broadband around the world. They make a lot of comparison based on location but in the end here are some core facts:

  • US ranks 2 for most expensive broadband:
    The average cost of a broadband internet connection in the United States is $61.07, according to data collected by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Overall, the average cost of internet amongst OECD countries is $37.78.
  • US ranks 3 for fastest download speed:
    The average internet speed, according to data collected by Speedtest.net, shows the average download speed in the US is 143.28 Mbps, which is good for 3rd overall amongst OECD countries.
  • US ranks 13 for price per MB
    Residents paying around $0.43 per MB of data.

So, US is expensive but good broadband. The article points out that you might expect different results from a country that claims to be the most developed, richest and most free capitalist market in the world. They offer reasons why costs in America are so high:

  • Competition (lack thereof)
  • Lack of infrastructure
  • Focus on urban customers

With so much federal and state money going into broadband right now, it seems like a good time to take a look at these issues.

Yellow Medicine County is getting more FTTH this Fall from Arvig

Always happy to share an update on more Minnesotans getting broadband. Here’s the latest map showing where Arvig will install fiber to customers – specifically the area that is red and inside the yellow boundary lines.  The two towns will not be built with fiber, as they can receive 50-60Mb and can be bonded to deliver around 100Mb.

This will serve 170 locations in the Wood Lake exchange and 162 in Echo exchange.  They are shooting for a late fall / early winter turnup time.

21 MN Cities allocated ARP (federal) funding – broadband is allowable investment

Patch reports (from a Blooming MN lens) on breakdown of ARP (American Rescue Plan) in MN by city…

The U.S. Department of Treasury on Monday released a breakdown of what kind of financial help communities can expect from the $350 billion Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds.

Bloomington is set to receive $11,396,081. Bloomington is among the 21 Minnesota municipalities allocated financial help:

  • Apple Valley — $5,647,258.00
  • Blaine city $6,793,793.00
  • Bloomington — $11,396,081.00
  • Brooklyn Park — $11,052,580.00
  • Burnsville — $8,037,982.00
  • Minnesota — $6,568,368.00
  • Duluth — $58,117,859.00
  • Eagan — $6,917,343.00
  • Eden Prairie — $7,447,401.00
  • Edina — $4,932,493.00
  • Lakeville — $5,438,774.00
  • Mankato — $10,097,143.00
  • Maple Grove — $5,109,436.00
  • Minneapolis — $271,192,484.00
  • Minnetonka — $4,733,320.00
  • Moorhead — $7,099,345.00
  • Plymouth — $7,021,371.00
  • Rochester — $17,435,537.00
  • St Cloud — $16,463,610.00
  • St Paul — $166,641,623.00
  • Woodbury — $6,012,584.00

Broadband is one of the specified allowed investments…

Invest in water, sewer and broadband infrastructure, improving access to clean drinking water, supporting vital wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and expanding access to broadband internet

I wrote more about the specifics of broadband funding through ARP yesterday.

Scott County uses CARES funding for fixed wireless broadband

Southwest News Media reports on Scott County using CARES funding to expand broadband to rural areas. Unfortunately, they don’t report actual (or advertised) speeds, although the provider’s site claims “speeds up to 30 times as fast as your current connection.” Here’s where Scott County stood a year ago…

Though there are several internet providers that serve Scott County, as of 2020 up to 40% of parts of the rural areas of the county did not have access to adequate broadband services, according to Minnesota’s Office of Broadband Development.

The county recognized the existence of a gap and began working on a pilot program to help internet reach underserved areas using its existing regional fiber network.

They looked to use CARES funding to help…

When the COVID-19 pandemic began last March, Scott County made the move to accelerate the program by entering into a private-public partnership with Netwave Broadband, a fixed-wireless company that now brings internet service options to the county.

To pay for the project, the county used a portion of its CARES funding along with contributions from the city of Jordan and Sand Creek and St. Lawrence Townships.

Now the county is better served…

Through the public-private partnership, Netwave is offering a 25% discounted rate for monthly fees and installation.

Anyone who signs up during the Governor’s Emergency Peacetime Emergency is guaranteed a rate of $149 installation and a monthly cost of $49 per month or $59 per month if a router is needed.

Netwave has also lifted internet speed caps for customers during the peacetime emergency.

”Whatever your equipment is capable of getting is what you will get,” Herman said. “We don’t throttle anything.”

Through the recent deployment of Netwave Broadband, approximately 95% of the rural parts of Scott County now have access to broadband internet services, Mulcrone said.

“It shocks me how fast our speed is with Netwave,” Koepp said.

Herman said Netwave is working toward being able to cover the final 5%.

EVENT TODAY: Net Inclusion Webinar – Why People Say No to “Free Internet” and What To Do About It!

From the folks at NDIA…

Please join us today (May 12 at 1 pm ET) for our Net Inclusion webinar (link) on – Why People Say No to “Free Internet” and What To Do About It!  I will moderate the conversation featuring these panelists:

  • Hannah Hill, Project Leader at Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
  • Heather Tsavaris, Principal Consultant at The Columbus Foundation
  • Dan Noyes, Co-CEO at Tech Goes Home
  • Lloyd Levine, Senior Policy Fellow at UC Riverside School of Public Policy
  • Bret Perkins, Senior Vice President, External and Government Affairs at Comcast

We have representatives from BCG and Comcast on the panel.  Their recent report (developed by BCG in partnership with Comcast) – Boosting Broadband Adoption and Remote K–12 Education in Low-Income Households (link to report) – will be discussed.

 

If you haven’t registered for the conversation, please do so now – link to register.

Here are some highlights from the report

 

 

Digging into broadband funding in American Rescue Plan – still building a have vs have not world

We have been anxiously awaiting the details of the American Rescue Plan where we have been promised billions of dollars for broadband, among other things. We’ve also been promised a customer-centric approach to broadband deployment. Yesterday the US Department of the Treasury announced the $350 billion plan and released the details.

Upon first blush, things look good for broadband – but the devil is in the details. This stuff is wonky but important. It’s hard because we want to remain hopeful and be cooperative but we also want to see the money get to the people who can do the most good. I have pulled out the highest level details to make it easier…

They recognize that broadband is important…

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) highlighted the growing necessity of broadband in daily lives through its analysis of NTIA Internet Use Survey data, noting that Americans turn to broadband Internet access service for every facet of daily life including work, study, and healthcare.

They see a huge gap between the haves and have-nots…

By at least one measure, however, tens of millions of Americans live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides download speeds greater than 25 Mbps and upload speeds of 3 Mbps. By contrast, as noted below, many households use upload and download speeds of 100 Mbps to meet their daily needs.

They measure average speed…

Using the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Broadband Speed Guide, for example, a household with two telecommuters and two to three remote learners today are estimated to need 100 Mbps download to work simultaneously. In households with more members, the demands may be greater, and in households with fewer members, the demands may be less. …

In the few years preceding the pandemic, market research data showed that average upload speeds in the United States surpassed over 10 Mbps in 2017 and continued to increase significantly, with the average upload speed as of November, 2019 increasing to 48.41 Mbps, attributable, in part to a shift to using broadband and the internet by individuals and businesses to create and share content using video sharing, video conferencing, and other applications.

The increasing use of data accelerated markedly during the pandemic as households across the country became increasingly reliant on tools and applications that require greater internet capacity, both to download data but also to upload data.

They set the bar higher, but (and here is where it sounds familiar) they set up a two-tier goal…

Under the Interim Final Rule, eligible projects are expected to be designed to deliver, upon project completion, service that reliably meets or exceeds symmetrical upload and download speeds of 100 Mbps. There may be instances in which it would not be practicable for a project to deliver such service speeds because of the geography, topography, or excessive costs associated with such a project. In these instances, the affected project would be expected to be designed to deliver, upon project completion, service that reliably meets or exceeds 100 Mbps download and between at least 20 Mbps and 100 Mbps upload speeds and be scalable to a minimum of 100 Mbps symmetrical for download and upload speeds.

I don’t understand why they go with upload speed of 20 Mbps when their own reporting finds that in 2019 (pre-COVID) the average upload was 48 Mbps – clearly more than double what they are requiring. Yes, it will be more costly to provide that in some areas – that’s why there is government support! Otherwise we are sanctioning broadband slow zones. Who wants to move to or start a business in a broadband slow zone? This system sets up a second class system because it’s looking at the needs of providers, not residents. We see that more when they address eligibility.

They define eligibility:

  • Under the Interim Final Rule, eligible projects are expected to focus on locations that are unserved or underserved. The Interim Final Rule treats users as being unserved or underserved if they lack access to a wireline connection capable of reliably delivering at least minimum speeds of 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload as households and businesses lacking this level of access are generally not viewed as being able to originate and receive high-quality voice, data, graphics, and video telecommunications.
  • In selecting an area to be served by a project, recipients are encouraged to avoid investing in locations that have existing agreements to build reliable wireline service with minimum speeds of 100 Mbps download and 20 Mbps upload by December 31, 2024, in order to avoid duplication of efforts and resources.
  • Recipients are also encouraged to consider ways to integrate affordability options into their program design.
  • To meet the immediate needs of unserved and underserved households and businesses, recipients are encouraged to focus on projects that deliver a physical broadband connection by prioritizing projects that achieve last mile-connections.
  • Treasury also encourages recipients to prioritize support for broadband networks owned, operated by, or affiliated with local governments, non-profits, and co-operatives—providers with less pressure to turn profits and with a commitment to serving entire communities.

The definition of unserved/underserved (they make a distinction between the two) is 25/3; this is much lower than the Minnesota definition, which is 25/3 for unserved and 100/20 for underserved. By not addressing folks without access to 100/20, they are creating another type of future broadband slow zones – where the broadband wasn’t bad enough to fix in 2021, yet doesn’t meet the proposed (or target speeds) of areas that will receive funding. We saw that after the ARRA funding of 2010. Communities were left with “donut holes” where rural parts of the county qualified for an upgrade (sometimes to FTTH) but the towns did not. It naturally leads to uneven service through the county, especially if the provider who serves the cities or towns is not the provider who serves the rural area. It leaves both providers in a difficult position for improving the more populated places. The customers are the ones who lose out.

Side note: We saw during the pandemic that spotty access impacts the whole county. It means some kids can’t learn online, some folks can’t work online and that effects policies.

Another catch here is that providers are encouraged to avoid area where another provider has agreed to build out by 2024. Unfortunately a promise to build by 2024 is not like having a network you can use today or even by 2024. Historically we have seen this with CAF II funding. About five years ago the largest carriers were offered money to expand broadband to unserved areas. Frontier accepted $283 million in funding annually and CenturyLink accepted $514 million annually. Both providers have service areas in Minnesota; both reported earlier this year that “they may not have met CAF II deployment deadlines for 2020.” The customers wait. The customers have been prohibited from making other plans either sometimes because of similar rules for other funding.

More recently, and perhaps more acutely, communities are feeling this pinch with the recent RDOF grant announcements. One provider (LTD Broadband) has qualified to bid to receive $312 million to serve parts of Minnesota. Communities that had made plans with other providers and were in the hopper to possibly get State Funding for broadband were immediately disqualified for that opportunity.  Residents, policymakers and other providers have expressed concern over the RDOF process; and yet the ARP process feels very similar and indeed, the RDOF process is cited in the details released this week.

Pandora’s Box is not entirely open yet though – the details “encourage” recipients to prioritize support for broadband networks owned, operated by, or affiliated with local governments, non-profits, and co-operatives. I don’t see any demonstrative encouragement here. I will have more faith in the mentioning of it when I do.

EVENT May 14: Emergency Broadband Benefit Day of Action

Folks are declaring Friday Emergency Broadband Benefit Day of Action to help spread the word to your residents and constituents that help is there is help make broadband more affordable. There will be an online event to help people get info to share…

Emergency Broadband Benefit Day of Action

Enrollment for the Emergency Broadband Benefit will begin on May 12, 2021. Every eligible household needs to learn about this program and how to enroll.
On May 14th, non-profit organizations, anchor institutions, and local and state governments will join forces to build awareness about who is eligible and how to reach residents that continue to struggle with connectivity. In this webinar, local and state leaders will share strategies to support outreach and completing enrollment.

Time : May 14, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

There’s also the FCC Outreach Toolkit and USAC Outreach Toolkit for templates that can be used to:

  • Build awareness on social media.
  • Include a section about the EBB in your city council newsletter.
  • Circulate a fact sheet on how the EBB could positively impact your community.
  • Post flyers in community centers and libraries.
  • Partner with faith-based groups and community organizers to educate the public.
  • Make public service announcements on local news and radio stations.
  • Send program info via text message.

EVENT May 20: Signal Centers Accessibility Awareness Summit

Looks like an interesting conference…

Signal Centers Accessibility Awareness Summit on Global Accessibility Awareness Day — next Thursday, May 20th.

Thanks to our sponsors, the event is completely free to attendees: Register here. (Do it!)

Running from 10am to 2.30pm ET, we’re incredibly excited about this year’s packed schedule of speakers and panels, including:

  • Chris Downey, AIA – Keynote at 10am ET: Christopher Downey is an architect, planner and consultant who lost all sight in 2008. Today, he is dedicated to creating more helpful and enriching environments for the blind and visually impaired. His work ranges from a new Department of Veterans Affairs blind rehabilitation center, renovations of housing for the blind in New York City, and to the new Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco. He also teaches accessibility and universal design at UC Berkeley and serves on the Board of Directors for the Lighthouse for the Blind in San Francisco. (TEDx and 60 Minutes)
  • Mia Ives-Rublee – 1pm ET: Mia Ives-Rublee has dedicated her life’s work to civil rights activism. She obtained her Master’s in Social Work at UNC Chapel Hill and began working with individuals with disabilities to help them find work and independence in their communities. Mia is best known for founding the Women’s March Disability Caucus and organizing the original Women’s March on Washington in 2017. As a public speaker, Mia advocates on the national stage for the rights of disabled people, immigrants, and other marginalized communities.
  • Valerie Fletcher – Closing remarks at 1.40pm ET: Valerie Fletcher has been Executive Director since 1998 of the Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD), founded as Adaptive Environments. Fletcher writes, lectures and works internationally. Fletcher has been a Special Advisor to the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and she is the North American representative on the Board of the International Association for Universal Design (IAUD) in Japan. Fletcher has a master’s degree in ethics and public policy from Harvard University.

Mental Health Telehealth Visits increase by 2,515 percent during pandemic

Business Wire reports

Medica members accessing mental health care through telehealth technology has increased by 2,515 percent since the pandemic began in March 2020. Meanwhile, Medica’s network of providers offering mental health care via telehealth has increased more than sixfold in the same period.

More details…

In the first quarter of 2020, early in the pandemic, Medica processed approximately 650 telehealth claims for mental health. During a similar time stretch spanning late 2020 to early 2021, Medica had processed 17,000 claims.

An analysis of mental health telehealth claims provide some insight to the effect of the pandemic. The top three conditions treated by telehealth were anxiety, depression and trauma (which includes diagnoses for post-traumatic stress disorder, acute stress disorder, adjustment disorder and reactive attachment). For those conditions, approximately 70 percent of claims were telehealth visits.

A breakdown of mental health telehealth claims for all conditions shows that people ages 35 to 49 used this service the most when seeking mental health care, followed by those ages 27 to 34. For those claims, women outnumbered men by a 3:2 ratio.

In the first few months of the pandemic, the number of Medica’s in-network providers offering mental health services through telehealth increased from 5,500 to 39,800 nationally. In Minnesota, the number increased from 3,841 to 7,130.

Medica will continue to support telehealth…

Medica has placed a priority on ensuring its members have access to mental health care in the setting that is most comfortable for them. To ensure they have access to the highest quality providers, Medica will continue to reimburse these visits – office and telehealth – at the same rates.

MRBC Legislative Update: Final Week of Session

From the MN Broadband Coalition…

Memo To:           MRBC Members
Memo From:      Nathan Zacharias
Re:                       Final Week of Session
Date:                    5/10/2021
Federal Relief Dollars Cleared for Broadband Use by State, Legislature in Final Week

The Minnesota state government will receive $2.83 billion from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan passed by Congress in March. The Department of the Treasury provided guidance to states today on how they can use those funds. Minnesota will be able to use this money to pay for broadband infrastructure improvements, including our state grant program. Here’s an excerpt from the guidance:

Through the Fiscal Recovery Funds, Congress provided State, local, and Tribal governments
with significant resources to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency and its
economic impacts through four categories of eligible uses. … Funds may be used: d) To make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure.

This guidance gives state lawmakers more flexibility to invest in broadband. They may use federal funds to pay for the Border-to-Border program so they can use precious state general fund dollars to invest in other areas. Or they could use a combination of state and federal funds to maximize their investment.

The Legislature has less than one week in its regular legislative session. They must adjourn May 17 at 12:00 a.m.. Conference committee work has slowed to a crawl after a flurry of action early last week. The conference committees spent several hearings outlining the House and Senate provisions and adopting same or similar provisions to the conference committee report.

Gov.Tim Walz, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, and House Speaker Melissa Hortman are now the primary negotiators of the “global budget targets.” If they can come to an agreement on how much the state will spend over the next two years, they will direct conference committees to adopt funding and policy provisions to their reports and, eventually, send the report for final passage by the House and Senate.

The Senate GOP’s public global offer included $100 million in federal funding for the state’s broadband grant program. However, it also contained items that the DFL considered “nonstarters.” We expect the negotiating parties to exchange several more offers this week. A deal on the budget will likely come together in the final hours of the session and a special session may be necessary to complete the work.

The last budget bill in 2019 came together on the final night and included Walz, Gazelka, and Hortman as chief negotiators. We will share more information with you as we receive it this week.

EVENT May 12: Lunch Bunch: State Policy Update

Just a reminder for folks that this conversation is happening on Wednesday. Should be a good one…

State Policy Update (May 12 noon to 1pm CST)
Join us on May 12 for our lunch bunch update from Minnesota Broadband Coalition on what’s happening with the Minnesota Legislature.  Join us ready to contribute!
Register here