MN Broadband funding needs to be in base budget

KXRA’s Voice of Alexandria reports…

Advocates are asking state lawmakers for 35 million dollars a year to expand broadband Internet access in rural Minnesota.

Bills have already been introduced in the Minnesota House and Senate. Judy Erickson with the Rural Broadband Coalition says it needs to be in the base budget instead of one-time money like in the past. Erickson said, “It’s difficult to plan a large project if you don’t know if there’ll be money next year.” The 20 million dollars appropriated last year was in a budget bill vetoed by then-Governor Mark Dayton over disagreements with the Republican-controlled legislature.

This entry was posted in MN, MN Broadband Fund Awards, MN Office of Broadband Development, 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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