Senator Sparks wants $70 million for MN broadband grants

The Albert Lea Tribune posts a Senate update from Senator Dan Sparks…

This was a busy week at the state Capitol, with important legislation moving forward, Broadband Day on the Hill and the beginning of omnibus bill discussion in our committees.

He mentions his support for broadband funding…

One priority the governor and I share is on expanding broadband internet access in our rural communities. Wednesday was Broadband Day on the Hill, when advocates from across the state came to the Capitol to lobby for this important investment. Though we’ve made progress on this important issue, we have more work to do to make sure every household, business and school has access to this vital piece of modern infrastructure.

Though the Agriculture, Rural Development and Housing Finance Omnibus Bill had some new funding for the Border to Border Broadband program, it does not have enough. The state has a responsibility to make sure every community is connected, which is why I offered an amendment that would provide the $70 million necessary to complete this work in the next two years. Although it was not adopted, I will continue to fight to increase the state investment in this important program.

This entry was posted in Funding, MN, MN Broadband Fund Awards, 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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