Stearns County recognizes the one-two-three public punch at broadband expansion

St Cloud Times writes about broadband in the nation…

The Democratic senator and presidential candidate has championed several bills on the issue including one to map broadband coverage and one to measure the economic impact of broadband access.

State…

Minnesota lawmakers added $40 million to the state’s Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program in the budget approved a couple weeks ago.

And County…

And the Stearns County Board will review a new Broadband Feasibility Study on Tuesday that explores how to improve internet service to the southwest corner of the county.

“The whole western part of the county is unserved,” Stearns County Administrator Michael Williams said.

The county’s moving toward broadband service with download and upload speeds of 1,000 megabits per second, also referred to as one gigabit service, according to the new feasibility study.

It highlights what most communities that are un- or underserved today need to do. They need to get support from all levels (federal, state, local) in terms of policies that make it easier to deploy broadband and funding.

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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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