The Morris Sun Tribune posted an editorial from Representative Backer. His information on the federal funding is a little confusing – I assume the CAF II funding is the $500 million that is being invested over the next five years. That includes the $86 million he also mentions. It is great to see that he is interested in investing in broadband and is taking the CAF II funding into consideration – it’s a great opportunity to use the state funding to optimize federal investment. Here is what he says…
Another significant topic that will be discussed this session is expanded broadband access for communities in rural Minnesota.
Minnesota continues to make strides in rural broadband expansion. Just last year, five broadband providers in Minnesota received $86 million from the federal government through the Federal Connect America Fund (CAF II).
What’s more, the federal government will be investing an additional $500 million in Minnesota over the next five years as we continue to improve access across the state.
At least 170,355 homes and businesses across 85 counties will be served in the coming years.
I am committed to working with my colleagues in the legislature to partner additional state investments with existing federal funds to ensure that Minnesota’s broadband needs are met.