West Central Tribune asks legislators to invest in infrastructure…
How bad is it on broadband access in Minnesota?
The Minnesota Broadband Task Force 2015 report said Minnesota needs to increase its broadband speed goal and likely needs $200 million to meet the objective.
Gov. Mark Dayton has proposed a $100 million investment on broadband, while the House Republicans have proposed $35 million.
Both are far short of the need.
The rural shortfall on broadband is hindering and harming Minnesota schools, colleges, residents and businesses. It is also limiting economic development through out rural Minnesota.
The time has come for Minnesota legislators — Democrat and Republican — to put up or shut up in transportation and broadband. These two infrastructure sectors are vital to the education and commerce of this state, and it is critical to many businesses, especially agriculture.