Rep Neu supports $15 million for broadband in rural MN

The Post Review posts a letter from Representative Neu about her efforts to expand broadband. She mentions the budget surplus…

In late February, state officials announced a $329 million budget surplus for the state of Minnesota. The House recently adopted supplemental budget targets for how to use that surplus. House Republicans remain committed to dedicating the majority of this surplus to providing meaningful tax relief to middle class Minnesotans, in addition to investing in our state’s transportation needs through roads and bridges.

And the focus on broadband

The House Job Growth and Energy Affordability Committee’s omnibus bill includes a provision to allocate $15 million for rural broadband efforts through our state’s border-to-border broadband program. I was a co-author of the initial bipartisan legislation to provide this funding, and I am happy to see it included in the omnibus bill. Access to quality broadband is a critical infrastructure need for the rural communities in Chisago County and across the state. In the weeks ahead, I will continue advocating for this legislation’s final passage in order to make this vital service more accessible and affordable.

This entry was posted in Funding, MN, MN Broadband Fund Awards, 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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