Big news – and big congrats to Bree. She is s long term broadband champion and her knowledge of federal programs – as well as local initiatives will serve the state well!
Governor Tim Walz today announced the appointment of Bree Maki to serve as the Director of the Office of Broadband Development. Maki will replace previous director Angie Dickison.
“Bree Maki’s past experience working to develop broadband in Minnesota shows that she has the experience and skillset to successfully bring broadband access to all communities in Minnesota,” said Governor Walz. “With her diverse connections in Minnesota and focus on the needs of reliable internet, especially in industries such as education and health care, I am confident she will work to get all Minnesotans access to high-speed internet.”
“Reliable internet access is crucial. Without it, Minnesotans are unable to accomplish simple everyday tasks,” said Lieutenant Governor Flanagan. “I have no doubt that Bree Maki will work diligently to increase broadband across the state, with the goal of border-to-border high-speed internet access.”
“I am thrilled to welcome Bree Maki to our Senior Leadership Team at DEED as the Director of Minnesota’s nationally-recognized, award-winning Office of Broadband Development,” said Commissioner Steve Grove. “High-speed, high-quality broadband is central to modern life – from schools to businesses to health care and beyond – and having Bree at the helm as we rapidly expand access is a huge win for Minnesota.”
“I am incredibly honored to be able to serve Minnesota in this role and look forward to being a part of advancing broadband access and affordability across the state,” said Bree Maki. “Minnesota understands that broadband is the infrastructure of the 21st Century and is essential to our economy. I am committed to making sure that the need for digital equity and high-speed internet access for all Minnesotans is a priority.”
Maki is the senior outreach director and state broadband and telecommunications outreach director for Senator Tina Smith. She previously worked as an office administrator for Winona County Soil and Water Conservation District.
As part of DEED’s Economic Development Division, the Office of Broadband Development is a key service in the state’s efforts to build stronger communities, and helps Minnesotans understand broadband options available and work together to improve availability and use of high-speed broadband services. Since 2014, DEED has awarded over $176 million in broadband infrastructure grants, with the goal of border-to-border broadband access.
2015 Federal Communications Commission stated
No Later than 2022 MINIMUM internet speeds 25 down/3 up.
If this is the minimum…why can my internet provider Nuvera provide me with 3 down/1 up @ $36.90 a month? Shouldn’t I expect 25 downs/3 up at this point?
Especially, when my taxes dollars are helping paying for these upgrades.
So in SW MN (Lamberton) What should I expect to pay for internet? And why is 25 down/3 up not the standard minimum in Lamberton, MN when FCC says it is to be that in 2022.
I’m sorry to hear it. That’s a frustrating and unfortunately common experience (not just with Nuvera). You can check out the map at Office of Broadband Development for other potential providers: https://gis.connectednation.org/portal/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=a2d243ccf7e547eba2ec0d5c80c80917
I’d also encourage you to challenge your location on the FCC map to help them understand that you are not served. Here’s more info: https://blandinonbroadband.org/2022/11/19/according-to-new-fcc-map-minnesota-has-ubiquitous-broadband-at-25-3-hmm/