The Post Bulletin posts an editorial in support of state broadband funding…
In 2015, the Blandin Foundation and the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development hosted a conference entitled “Border to Border Broadband: Better Together.”
That conference produced two significant outcomes; namely, the formation of the Minnesota Rural Broadband Coalition, and a mission statement that “Everyone in Minnesota will be able to use convenient, affordable world-class broadband networks that enable us to survive and thrive in our communities and across the globe.”
The coalition, whose membership includes counties, cities, townships, utility companies, nonprofits, telecom companies, advocacy organizations and four state technical colleges, is at the forefront of the effort to ensure that by 2026, all Minnesotans will have access to internet speeds of 100 Mbps/20Mbps.
They outline recent history of state broadband funding in Minnesota, including a look at last year and prediction for this year…
Border-to-Border Broadband isn’t a partisan issue. In its end-of-session report last year, the Minnesota Broadband Coalition specifically thanked six Republican legislators and two DFL legislators for their support. Sen. Jeremy Miller, a Republican from Winona who is now the youngest Senate president in state history, was among those whom the coalition singled out for praise.
We think that bodes very well, and we urge all legislators in Southeast Minnesota to join Miller in a renewed effort to offer broadband access to everyone.