Both gubernatorial candidates discuss broadband at forum in Willmar

Last ngith there was a 90 minute Gubernatorial Forum in Willmar with Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate Tim Walz and Republican candidate Jeff Johnson. Broadband came up.

Here’s what the Duluth News Tribune (and Pioneer Press) reports…

On the rural economic development barriers of access to broadband, quality child care and affordable housing, both candidates agreed on the need for government incentives to develop broadband access in rural areas.

Johnson said he didn’t like government competing with business, but he does support a state program “that provides incentives to the private sector to step up.”

Walz likened the need for broadband to rural electrification in the last century.

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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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