A governor-appointed broadband task force suggests the state Legislature increase high-speed Internet goals by 2022, which could double some speed standards, while increasing them more than four-fold by 2026. The new speeds would jive with what the Federal Communications Commission considers high-speed service.
The new recommended speed goals are 25 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up by 2022. The old speeds were 10-20 Mbps down and 5-10 up. They do align with the FCC definition. The new recommended speeds goals for 2026 are 100 Mbps down and 20 Mbps up; those do not align with the National Broadband Plan of 100 Mbps down and 50 Mbps up to 100 million homes by 2020.
Then the funding…
The panel also recommended that the state up its spending to expand broadband into more rural areas to $200 million, twice what Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton recommended last month.
Except the $200 million is for the biennium – over two years. I haven’t heard the Governor specify his proposal over two years, so I assume it is for one year.
The same article was also posted in the Duluth News Tribune.