US Senator Smith on helping the Duluth area, mentions broadband

The Duluth News Tribune posts a letter from Senator Tina Smith about her hopes and plans for the area…

At the beginning of 2020, I outlined in this newspaper how I would keep working with Duluth Mayor Emily Larson — and local business, educational, tribal, and health care leaders — to ensure the federal government is a strong partner in helping create jobs and opportunity across the region.

Nobody anticipated the difficult moment we now find ourselves in. Our nation has been rocked by an unprecedented pandemic that has shaken the foundations of our health and our economy. The coronavirus has upended families, stolen businesses and jobs, and tragically taken the lives of more than 140,000 Americans, including 1,500 of our fellow Minnesotans and more than a dozen people in St. Louis County.

Now, the Northland, like the rest of the nation and the world, is challenged to focus on helping our community respond to this public health and economic crisis.

Broadband makes the short list of tools that have helped…

I went to work and secured millions in grants to expand telehealth, including for mental health care, during the pandemic. Now I’m working so that innovations in telehealth can continue when this emergency is over. And I won’t stop until broadband technology is available to everyone, whether you live in Duluth or the most rural parts of the North Country.

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Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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