First – the agenda for tomorrow…
Governor’s Task Force on Broadband
November 10, 2020
9:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
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9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Welcome, Introductions, Meeting Overview
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Gov. Tim Walz conversation with the Task Force
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Economic Development and Digital Inclusion Subgroup – report content and recommendations
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Barriers and Technology Subgroup – report content and recommendations
12:00 p.m. — 12:30 p.m. Break for Lunch
12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Public Comment
- Duluth Mayor Emily Larson discussing the Minnesota Mayors Together letter
- Other public comment
12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Minnesota Model Subgroup – report content and recommendations
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Other Business, Next Steps, Wrap-up
We are writing to urge the task force, as it finalizes its report to the Legislature, to make two
• The first of these is speed. The 2026 goal of 100 Mbsp download and 20 Mbsp upload, while it may have seemed aggressive when it was adopted, now looks somewhat
modest. Why not recommend what the Border-to-Border grant has enabled in some areas of the state: 100 and 100?
• Second, we would urge the task force to tell legislators that this is an ongoing challenge, that having good access and speed is vital to all Minnesotans. As such, this investment should be a regular and recurring feature of the state’s operating budget. So, we would ask you to say that the Legislature consider the $35-50 million as an annual expenditure – for many years.
Finally, they will be welcoming the newest member of the MN Broadband Task Force…
Yvonne Cariveau is the Director of the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship in the College of
Business at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Dr. Cariveau is also Principal owner and President of
Internet Connections/VoyageurWeb, a company providing web site hosting, custom programming and
website accessibility testing services. She received her Doctor of Philosophy in Marketing from the
University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management. She resides in Mankato, MN.
Yvonne will be filling the seat vacated by Shannon Heim.