The Minnesota Broadband Vision makes the Congressional Record!

Got word today that Representatives Nolan and Peterson put their support of the Broadband Vision into the Congressional Record on Friday. That’s great news – remember you can show your support for the vision too – by joining the I Endorse the MN Broadband Vision Facebook page or getting your organization to endorse the vision. There are others things you can do too – just check out the Minnesota Broadband Coalition site for more.

Here’s the excerpt from the Congressional Record…congressional record

Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E173-E174]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office []




of minnesota

in the house of representatives

Friday, February 12, 2016

Mr. NOLAN. Mr. Speaker, I rise today, along with my Minnesota
colleague Congressman Collin Peterson, to recognize the Blandin
Foundation and all they do for rural Minnesota, and particularly for
their efforts to provide broadband internet service to all Minnesotans.

[[Page E174]]

I was honored to recently speak at the `Border to Border Broadband:
Better Together’ conference, which was sponsored by the Blandin
Foundation and the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development. More than
170 participants came together and agreed on a vision statement for the
future of broadband of Minnesota. Today, Congressman Peterson and I
rise in strong support of that vision, which states that “All
Minnesotans will be able to use convenient, affordable world class
broadband networks that enable us to survive and thrive in our
communities and across the globe.”
The fact is, we need high-speed broadband in our rural communities.
It’s a necessity required to help grow our small town rural economy and
compete, start new businesses, create new jobs, attract new people and
modernize the education and health care services so essential to
quality of life. Across our expansive and diverse district the Blandin
Foundation is working hard to make sure rural communities have access
to world-class high-speed broadband internet.
Once again, we would like to thank the Blandin Foundation for all
they do to strengthen rural Minnesota through their many important
programs, in addition to their work on rural broadband.

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Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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