Where is broadband at the MN Legislature? In the budget bill. Find out who to contact now.

Since last summer’s Farm Fest – if not earlier – I’ve heard people complain that opportunities were lost when the Border to Border Broadband grant budget was reduced last year. Currently there’s a huge gap between what the Senate ($85 million) and the House ($40 million) want to invest in broadband. The broadband budget has been lumped into a discussion of the budget bill. The danger is that the passion legislators have shown for broadband in the past will get lost of the mix.

If you think broadband is a top priority, then it’s important to continue to turn on the heat and let your representative know. (Not everyone thinks it’s a priority and they will be advocating for their own priorities.) The Senate and the House have named conferees to work out the difference in the Senate and House budget bills:

Sen. Dick Cohen
Sen. Tony Loury
Sen. Tom Saxhaug
Sen. Chuck Wiger
Sen. Michele Fischbach

Rep. Jim Knoblauch
Rep. Pat Garofalo
Rep. Jennifer Loon
Rep. Matt Dean
Rep. Denny McNamara

See your representative on the list? You should definitely make a call. If not, call your representative and these folks.

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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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