Representative Kiel and Senator Johnson talk about broadband and upcoming listening sessions

The Crookston Times reports on a recent meeting with Representative Kiel and Senator Johnson. Here’s what they said about broadband…

On broadband, Rep. Kiel and Sen. Johnson say their district is in decent shape but they need to fill gaps across the state.

“Bigger companies like AT&T don’t want to expand, but we are very fortunate for some of the smaller companies that are willing to expand,” said Kiel.

According to the Minnesota Broadband Coalition, Governor Mark Dayton vetoed the Omnibus Supplemental Budget bill on May 23 which included the $15 million in funding for the Border-to-Border Broadband Grant Program.

The Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program looked to provide broadband internet speeds of 25 Mbps/3Mbps to the 252,000 households that currently lack such service, and look at providing statutory broadband speeds of 100 Mbps/20Mbps by the year 2026 for all Minnesotans.

“No funding will be available for this program until legislators pass a new biennial budget at the end of the 2019 session,” said the Coalition in their 2018 Session Report review.

Apparently they are planning listening sessions…

On the upcoming Town Hall forums, Rep. Kiel and Sen. Johnson say they’re happy to get outside the “bubble” in St. Paul to hear the thoughts and concerns of area residents. Kiel and Johnson will be in Crookston for a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, June 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the City Hall council chambers at 124 North Broadway. Other stops on the tour include Fosston, Red Lake Falls, East Grand Forks, and Fertile.

Here are dates for all of the sessions:

Fosston Town Hall
Who: Rep. Kiel, Rep. Green and Sen. Johnson
When: Monday, June 18, 2018
Time: 8:30-10:00 am
Location: Civic Center, Glass Room, 215 1st Street East, Fosston, MN

Red Lake Falls Town Hall
Who: Rep. Kiel and Sen. Johnson
When: Monday, June 18, 2018
Time: 11:30 am-1:00 pm
Location: City Hall, Basement Hearing Room, 108 2nd Street SW, Red Lake Falls, MN

East Grand Forks Town Hall
Who: Rep. Kiel and Sen. Johnson
When: Monday, June 18, 2018
Time: 5:00-6:30 pm
Location: City Hall, Council Chambers, 600 DeMers Avenue, East Grand Forks, MN

Fertile Town Hall
Who: Rep. Kiel and Sen. Johnson
When: Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Time: 8:30-10:00 am
Location: City Hall, Auditorium, 101 South Mill Street, Fertile, MN

Crookston Town Hall
Who: Rep. Kiel and Sen. Johnson
When: Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Time: 11:30 am-1:00 pm
Location: City Hall, Council Chamber, 124 North Broadway, Crookston, MN

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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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