Rep Clark Johnson on broadband policy: CAF funding isn’t enough

Representative Clark Johnson posted an editorial in the Mankato Free Press. He is glad that broadband is being discussed. He is worried that is might become a partisan issue and concerned that some Republicans are satisfied with federal funding that will not upgrade connectivity enough to meet Minnesota definitions of broadband…

Rep. Kresha appears content using the federal Connect America Fund (CAF) program to provide Internet to underserved communities.

I hope he realizes the minimum required download speed provided by the CAF program is 80 percent slower than Minnesota’s broadband development grant program and that large portions of west central and northwest Minnesota are ineligible for the CAF program. Our farmers, our businesses and Minnesotans deserve better than that.

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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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