Governor Dayton Signs Supplemental Budget Bill – including broadband funds

From last week, Fox News reports

After careful review and consideration, Governor Mark Dayton Wednesday signed the supplemental budget bill (Chapter 189, HF2749) which will begin to establish voluntary pre-Kindergarten for all Minnesota children, continue the expansion of broadband internet access in Greater Minnesota, and begin eliminating racial economic disparities in Minnesota.

And here’s what they said about the broadband portion…

The supplemental budget bill will also expand access to high speed broadband internet in Greater Minnesota.

Building on the $31 million that the Governor and Lt. Governor secured to expand broadband access in 2014 and 2015, Governor Dayton and Lt. Governor Smith successfully pushed for an additional $35 million for the Minnesota broadband grant fund this session.

While this falls short of the Governor and Lt. Governor’s $100 million broadband proposal, this new investment is expected to help nearly 12,000 Minnesota households, small businesses, and community institutions across Greater Minnesota gain access to reliable, affordable high-speed internet.

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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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