International Falls Journal says broadband internet touches us all

International Falls Journal posts an editorial that’s really a wake up call for any reader who isn’t aware of the need for broadband. They talk about what’s happening at the federal level…

The United States Senate has passed the Measuring the Economic Impact of Broadband Act, authored by U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Va., co-chairs of the Senate Broadband Caucus.

The act would require the Bureau of Economic Analysis to conduct a study of the effects of the digital economy and the adoption of broadband deployment on the U.S. economy. Broadband refers to high-speed Internet access that is always on and faster than the traditional dial-up access.

The state level…

The Minnesota Legislature approved and Gov. Tim Walz signed into law a $40 million investment over the next two years in the Border-to-Border Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program.

The grants will be used to help connect thousands of Minnesotans who do not have adequate broadband services.

And the local level…

And locally, the Koochiching Technology Initiative, which is tapped into the Blandin Broadband Communities program, has awarded $23,000 in grants to local projects that will build upon the idea that broadband internet must be accessible and affordable to us all.

And recognize the importance…

Clearly, broadband internet touches us all, whether we know it or not, and whether we want it or not.

That’s why it’s crucial that we all — main street business owners, farmers, rural health care workers and children doing homework — have the ability to connect.

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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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