Congrats Rep. Rob Ecklund for CGMC Legislator of Distinction Award

I like to see communities and individuals get rewarded for working on better broadband for all. I thank Rep Ecklund for his work promoting rural broadband and congratulate him on his award. As he International Falls Journal reports…

State Rep. Rob Ecklund was recognized for his positive impact on economic development in Greater Minnesota by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities July 25, during the coalition’s three-day summer conference in Bemidji.

Ecklund, DFL-International Falls, was presented with the Legislator of Distinction Award. The award is given to legislators who played key roles in advancing CGMC’s policy during the preceding legislative session. He is serving his third term in the Minnesota House.

And makes note of his work in broadband…

The release highlighted actions this session, including when he was instrumental in securing $40 million for the Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program, which will help bring high-quality, reliable broadband to more households and businesses across the state. In addition, he was a strong supporter of local government aid and other top priorities for Greater Minnesota communities.

“Rep. Ecklund’s work on broadband will have an impact on Greater Minnesota for generations to come,” said Ron Johnson, a member of the Bemidji City Council and president of the CGMC. “Beyond his work on broadband, Rep. Ecklund has emerged as a leading voice for economic development in rural Minnesota and we know we can count on him in the years to come to look out for the growth and vitality of our 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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