Minnesota needs broadband advocates – here are some tools

MinnPost just ran a great article  – A citizen’s guide to effectively engaging Minnesota lawmakers. It outlines the best ways to capture the attention of your local legislator and tell your story. The article is well worth reading, but here are their top points:

  • Meet them in person – call their office or schedule a meeting through their websites.
  • Go to an event in the district – hear about future events by getting on their email newsletter lists.
  • Let them know you’re a constituent.
  • Know you have the right person – don’t ask them about issues that would be better sent to the city council or federal government.
  • Don’t use a form letter – if you have to use it, personalize it.
  • Do it soon – earlier is better.
  • Know their staffers – they are smart, they schedule meetings, they talk to their legislators.
  • Use social media – follow them, respond to them, reach them using the social media channels they use.

So what does this have to do with broadband? Broadband is just one topic of many that legislators can address this sessions. If you think it’s important – these are some tips for increasing the chances that it does get addressed!

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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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