There’s a letter to the editor in the InForum today about broadband and/or politics. Mostly I think the intent was political…
Jay McNamar recently stated he was in favor of bringing broadband internet to Minnesota District 12A. While I am certainly glad to hear that, the phrase “a day late and a dollar short” comes to mind. I say this because our elected representatives, Jeff Backer and Torrey Westrom, were not only in favor of bringing home broadband, they have already done it. Through their efforts, state and federal funding has been allocated for rural broadband.
The writer is under the impression that broadband is done. The estimates I’ve heard to get the entire state covered is between $1-3 billion. The state funding is a $35 million appropriation, which requires a 1 to 1 match – but that still only means $70 million investment. That’s a far cry from what’s required.
The Border to Border Grant is in its third year of “one time” funding. But realistically we’re going to need a few more years of funding if we plan to leave no county behind.