Task Force conference & legislative presentation

Friday was a big day for those of us who have been following the Minnesota Ultra High-Speed Task Force– they unveiled the report and presented it to the legislative committee. I was able to get quite a bit of video. I thought I’d present that here – and highlight the news stemming from the report in another post.

My super short notes on the day… The media folks asked about money. I think the Task Force members made the case that broadband has value, we need to get more people to recognize the value so that they make it a priority purchase. I think that’s true with communities and individuals or businesses. That being said, the Task Force also offers plenty of places to seek funding.

At the legislative meeting, funding did not seem to be the biggest issue. I think the legislators were most interested in getting their constituents the connections they need. They wanted to know how the broadband plan was going to get implemented. Would it get cell phone to their constituents? Would it bring jobs. It seemed to me, and I’m biased, that the policymakers recognized broadband as a necessity – I might even say utility.

See Rick King’s intro

Or check out another video from the event:

Glenn Wilson press conference

Gopal Khanna & Dan McElroy press conference

John Doll & Sheldon Johnson press conference

Letter from Gov Pawlenty read at press conference

My video from the legislative committee session was not great, so I’ll point you to their archive, which it turns out is video.

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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