Northwest Minnesota focuses on broadband

I wrote a white paper recently on how local communities can (and should) pay attention to what’s happening with broadband at the state and national level to expand broadband locally. I’d like to think that Northwest Minnesota read my plan and got inspired – but really I’ve been a fan of Impact 20/20 for a while and communities like that inspire me.

According to the Park Rapids Enterprise

The group [Impact 20/20] has formed a task force to examine the state of broadband in the region and establish goals and strategies to address the challenges in developing widespread broadband access in area.

They are working on a two-pronged approach to improving broadband access in their area. First they urging legislators to support expansion of the Universal Service Funds to increase ubiquitous, affordable broadband. The second approach builds upon the Minnesota Broadband Bill

The second goal is for all communities in the region of 500 residents or more to have business-grade broadband access of speeds greater than 20/10 within five years and all residents of the region will have access to broadband speeds of 10/5 within the same time period.

They will be holding forums in their areas – starting with a community broadband forum in Park Rapids from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28 at North Point Lodge. To sign up, and for more information, go to

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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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