Broadband for business, education and healthcare in Marshall

Yesterday the Marshall Independent ran the final installment of their broadband series focusing on the future – “The question for many Minnesotans is where to go next”.

They recognize impact that broadband will have on all sectors. Rick King (of Thomson Reuters and the Minnesota Broadband Ultra High-Speed Task Force) points out that broadband will have a great impact on education and healthcare. Education was featured in an article last week and there are already local strides to use broadband in healthcare…

Some area hospitals, including Avera Marshall, have already begun implementing live video technology to give additional support for emergency room staff.

Business use also gets a nod from John DeCramer at the City of Marshall.

John DeCramer of Marshall said high-speed broadband also has major potential for area businesses. For example, a fast, secure and reliable Internet connection makes possible practices like cloud computing. Basically, “cloud computing” involves renting the services of a computer network to do business online. That can be easier for small business owners, because it means they don’t have to invest as much money in servers or other equipment to launch an Internet business, DeCramer said.

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About Ann Treacy

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

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