Gubernatorial candidates Erin Murphy and Jeff Johnson mention broadband in Granite Falls

Granite Falls News reports on Gubernatorial candidates coming to visit the area leading up to the August 14 primary election. Here are the ones that mentioned broadband:

Erin Murphy…

Murphy also addressed specific policies she would enact to funding disparities between urban and rural communities. She talked about the lack of access to broadband internet in many rural areas, and elaborated on her ‘Connect MN’ plan. Under her proposal, the state government would “provide a dedicated investment of more than $100 million each year into Minnesota’s Broadband Development Grant Program.”

To pay for this added expense, Murphy would dedicate the new revenue generated by internet sales taxes (the United States Government Accountability Office estimates that this tax will generate between $132 and $206 million per year). Murphy underscored during the event that equal access to high-speed internet was vital to ensuring equitable economic development across the state.

Jeff Johnson…

On the issue of broadband, Johnson agreed that there was a serious lack of high-speed internet access in rural communities, but he explained that he didn’t think the government should become a direct provider. Instead, he supported the current granting process, though shied away from supporting additional state investment.

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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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