Grand Forks Herald on broadband policy: Action is needed to support broadband funding

The Grand Forks Herald reports on the Minnesota Broadband Task Force report with just a few hiccups in the reporting – on a few issues that are confusing. First the speeds…

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.

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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