Minnesota and North Dakota acting in tandem for broadband policies. Hmmm.

Nothing like a rainy, long weekend to help me catch up a little. It gave me a chance to read an interesting article on broadband in North Dakota. Interesting for two reasons. First – it’s good to know what the neighbors are doing. Second, it’s good to know when the neighbors are thinking about inviting you to plant a tree.

According to the Grand Forks Herald, here’s what they’ve done…

Recently signed into law by Gov. Jack Dalrymple, HB 1385 passed both legislative chambers with zero dissenting votes—a bold endorsement of a new policy approach that encourages technology.

The act prevents the state from applying old telephone regulations on Internet protocol-enabled or voice-over-Internet protocol services and promotes a regulatory environment in North Dakota that can attract private-sector investment in broadband deployment and development.

The benefits of next-gen broadband connectivity, both wired and wireless, are essential. Faster Internet speeds, streaming video uninterrupted by buffering, more powerful mobile devices and innovation and expanded services in underserved areas — all of that can be just the beginning.

And here’s what they might have in mind for Minnesota…

Eventually, Minnesota and North Dakota could have a chance to act in tandem by enacting fair and commonsense policies such as agreeing not to regulate Internet Protocol/Voice Over Internet Protocol services. It is an awesome opportunity for the region to continue to use innovations in connectivity to improve lives and grow business.

I do like the idea of lifting up the lens on regional – even more so for deployment, especially if we can work with North Dakota to help serve Western Minnesota!

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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.

1 thought on “Minnesota and North Dakota acting in tandem for broadband policies. Hmmm.

  1. Can’t really see how not regulating IP/VOIP will increase broadband penetration. If it would, we should already be in good shape…

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