Businesses still need better broadband help from Minnesota Government

Hometown Source posts a letter to the editor in response to a previous letter from Minnesota Chamber of Commerce President Doug Loon about recognizing where government spending comes from if it isn’t new taxes and, more directly related to broadband, what needs are going unmet

An example of a need that continues to go unmet is the expansion of broadband availability in greater Minnesota. Business owners have been asking for better internet access for years, yet improvements continue to be delayed because of the legislature’s refusal to provide adequate funding. As a small business owner, I know first-hand that businesses are hamstrung without good broadband access. This is a problem that could have been solved years ago with half the amount of funds Loon references.

When the argument that we solved a problem without raising taxes is made, it’s likely because the revenue put towards solving the problem was taken away from solving a different problem. Stealing from Peter to benefit Paul does not move us forward.

This entry was posted in economic development, MN, Policy by Ann Treacy. Bookmark the permalink.

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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