Representative Kresha has a letter to the editor in the Brainerd Dispatch about his role in the broadband fund at the Minnesota Legislature…
One of the most rewarding parts of working at the Capitol is seeing ideas turn into law to help residents in our state. Since I was sworn-in, I’ve tried to provide high-speed broadband internet access for our rural areas. With the passage and signature of our supplemental budget bill, $35 million will flow to increasing broadband access. Couple this with the $10.5 million last year and this biennium invests a record $45 million for rural broadband.
I’m proud to lead the charge in the House for increased funding. It’s an issue with bipartisan support, and something that affects numerous Minnesotans. In a time when lawmakers are accused of playing party politics, it’s reassuring to see agreement on both sides of this issue.
Kresha has been very active in supporting broadband – from visiting with rural communities to discuss the issue, talking to the Minnesota Broadband Task Force at the Capital and at an industry meeting this spring he connected increased funding to telecom reform (a bill that also passed this year). This year, the House’s proposal for broadband funding has consistently been lower than proposals by either the Senate ($85 M or Governor Dayton ($100 M).