Duluth News Tribune endorses Rep Ecklund – broadband is a reason

Duluth News Tribune endorses Rob Ecklund for Minnesota House District 3A. His support/leadership with broadband is a factor…

He has been a consistent supporter of industry, including copper-nickel mining, and a champion for broadband, Minnesota veterans, education, ATV trail building, and more.


Last year, with Ecklund leading the way, the Legislature put $40 million into border-to-border broadband, one of the largest investments in internet access in state history. And just in time, with COVID-19 forcing Minnesotans to work or go to school from home like never before. Reliable internet is a must, much like electricity and telephone service were a century ago. “We found out it wasn’t nearly enough,” Ecklund said of the allocation. “The first year (there were) $20 million (available), and there were $79 million worth of requests for projects. So we know there’s more work to do.”

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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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