Senator Simonson proposes $100 million for broadband in MN

According to KDAL

Legislators from across greater Minnesota have joined together to call for a $100 million investment in broadband. The legislators stress the economic development reach that investment in broadband creates – something they say Greater Minnesota is in need of.

The bill calls for $100 million to be deposited into the Border-to-Border Broadband Account to be given out in grants to projects across the state. Currently, about 22 percent of homes in Greater Minnesota lack Internet connectivity at basic speeds.

Senator Erik Simonson of Duluth, the chief author of the bill in the senate says “for every dollar invested in broadband in the state, $10 is generated in economic activity. That kind of return on investment just makes sense. Over the past three years Minnesota has invested $65 million into broadband and we’ve seen outstanding success – we’ve helped connect 10,000 homes and more than 1,000 businesses to broadband. Just think about the incredible success we would see with a $100 million investment – we have the power to create real change in Greater Minnesota.”

This entry was posted in Funding, MN, MN Broadband Fund Awards, MN Office of Broadband Development, Policy by Ann Treacy. Bookmark the permalink.

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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