Rep Ecklund is proud of expanding investment in broadband

The International Falls Journal reports on Representative Ecklund’s take on the last session…

The Minnesota House wrapped up a one-day special session early Saturday morning after approving a new two-year state budget.

The compromise budget increases investments in education, protects funding for health care, and improves economic security for Minnesotans, said Rep. Rob Ecklund, DFL-International Falls, in a statement.

“Overall, this is a good budget for Minnesotans. We increase investments in our students, protect health care for Minnesotans, and cut taxes for middle-class families,” said Ecklund. “I’m particularly proud of our work to expand investments in broadband, which businesses, students, and farmers depend on. These investments will help our communities in northern Minnesota remain vibrant.”

Including his take on broadband grants…

Ecklund was chief author of a measure to boost investments in the state’s Border-to-Border Broadband Grant program. The budget passed Friday includes $40 million of investments over the next two years in reliable, high-speed internet access to more schools, businesses, and homes. Under the program, grants leverage private investments to build broadband infrastructure. Expanded broadband access is a key factor in the future success of rural communities.

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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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