Broadband in rural areas also gets a boost in the 2018 farm bill, which sets aside $350 million dollars for loans and grants. The money is specifically targeted to rural communities that don’t have broadband, or have slow broadband service.
A recent report from the state Governor’s Task Force on Broadband shows that Minnesota is making progress, with about 90 percent of households able to access internet speeds of 25 megabits per second or higher.
Great news – but I think it’s time we start looking at how much in Minnesota has access to the 2026 speed goals of 100 Mbps down and 20 up. When you look at that speed the latest reports say 74 percent of Minnesota households have access to wireline 100/20.