Broadband last few feet – creating broadband-ready buildings in MN

The Department of Employment and Economic Development blog recently mentioned three of the Broadband Task Force report recommendations.

They mention the biggies…

The wish list for the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband includes:

  • $100 million in ongoing funding for the Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program

  • $10 million in operating funds for the Office of Broadband Development located within DEED.

And they detail the call to make public housing broadband ready…

One recommendation is called the “last mile,” referring to the challenges that broadband providers need to overcome to deliver high-speed connectivity across the final leg between the provider’s network and the home or building.

But once the high-speed connection is brought to the outside of a building another problem appears. Many existing buildings do not have proper interior wiring or duct work to enable the high-speed connection to be delivered to the devices that consume it. And this becomes even more of an issue in multi-tenant buildings as more consumers or businesses are affected. …

The Task Force developed this recommendation: Amend building codes to require that multi-tenant housing units funded with public dollars deploy cabling (such as category 5/6 or multi-mode fiber) that supports easier management of broadband connectivity.

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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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