Notes from the Coalition meeting: visit from Sen Smith, Speed test and Legislative Update

Much of the MN Broadband Coalition meeting is general meeting stuff – funding, budget and future. I won’t say much about that except to note that they are always open to new members. There were a few topics that I think are of greater interest to a wider audience; starting with a visit from Senator Tina Smith:

Here are some of the other topics:

  • MN Statewide speed test: The Coalition is spearheading the effort to get folks to take the state speed test. I have covered this several times so I won’t duplicate. YOU can learn more here or take the speed test here. (And if you haven’t you should!)
  • Legislative Update: The PowerPoint slide provides greater detail. In short, there were no added grants funds approved through the session or special sessions. Funding seems unlikely in future special sessions.
  • Senator Smith was asked how to help policymakers prioritize broadband – she said that, no one will say broadband is a bad idea. It’s a matter of making it a priority. That’s why having a broadband czar would be helpful – one person to drive the cause helps. COVID19 has certainly helped shine a light as well.
  • American Connection Project: The Broadband Coalition is part of the American Connection Project. (Again, I have written about this in the past, so I won’t duplicate efforts.)
  • Broadband connects America: The Coalition is considering joining the Broadband Connects America group.

I suspect the Coalition will also send out notes from today and I will share them when they do.

This entry was posted in Conferences, Digital Divide, MN, Policy by Ann Treacy. Bookmark the permalink.

About Ann Treacy

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

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