Broadband makes short list of Gubernatorial topics – starting with Chris Coleman

Fairbault Daily News reports on a gubernatorial forum late last week. All nine candidates for Minnesota governor answered questions at a forum at the Minnesota Newspaper Association Convention. They report on at least one talking about rural broadband…

Former St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, a DFLer, said communities need to have vibrant identities wrapped around what is best there. And, to attract and retain people, they need broadband internet.

“How can we expect to attract families where you have to put your kids in the car and drive around so you can get a signal and broadband development for them to do homework?” he said.

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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.

2 thoughts on “Broadband makes short list of Gubernatorial topics – starting with Chris Coleman

  1. Oh man, if Minnesota wants Comcast to have even more influence in the Governor’s mansion than it already does (which is extreme) then Mayor Comcast is the way to go for sure. Be wise Minnesota, pick anyone else! In 12 years, Coleman didn’t do a single thing to improve access in Saint Paul and undermined any chances his staff would take action.

  2. Spring Grove Herald also wrote about the Forum”
    http://www.hometown-pages.com/Content/Spring-Grove-Herald/Opinion-Columns/Article/Newspaper-people-hear-candidates-talk-about-Minnesota-s-rural-issues-/26/186/70794
    Another issue is broadband, which is important to rural businesses and even rural families since secondary education is becoming so dependent on online learning.

    An interesting observation in this area is that broadband, and innovative technology, could also help the health care problem in more isolated areas, another issue discussed at the forum, as doctors from larger medical centers could visit with patients through video technology and even cell phones are gaining the ability to monitor the health of individuals.

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