Comcast to connect Ramsey County Government buildings for five years

I’ve spoken about opportunities for broadband Ramsey County. In 2012 Ramsey County was looking at a solution that would bring fiber to the government builds but also open the door to a private provider bringing fiber to local homes and businesses too. That didn’t work out. Instead, the Pioneer Press reports…

The Ramsey County Board recently voted 6-1 to approve a five-year agreement with Comcast to provide high-speed broadband communications between government buildings.

County Commissioner Janice Rettman, who cast the sole vote against the agreement, expressed concern that Comcast has signaled it may spin off its Minnesota clients to a different provider as a result of a pending national merger.

“Who is going to own the intellectual properties if Comcast takes a hike?” Rettman asked.

It is interesting to think about who might get the contract if/when Comcast gets out of the market in Twin Cities. Maybe there’s an opportunity for the PUC to get involved if that happens and maybe there is a way to create opportunities for the residents

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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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