The Albert Lea Tribune posts an editorial supporting greater investment in broadband…
The Minnesota Senate’s reversal in how much in funding it’s willing to invest in the Border-to-Border Broadband Grant Program is disappointing and, should it pass at the current amount of $30 million, it could constitute a costly delay in the economic growth of Greater Minnesota.
Last week, the Senate passed its Senate Agriculture Omnibus Bill by a vote of 43-24. In that bill it allotted $30 million for broadband in the state, down from its original proposal of $70 million.
The Governor’s Broadband Task Force, in its annual report released in 2018, found that $70 million every two years is needed to meet the 2022 state speed goal of 25mbps download and 5mbps upload to every home and business.
To go further, $70 million every two years keeps on track the state statutory speed goals of 100mbps download and 20mbps upload.