eNews: MN Monthly Recap April 2023: Update with policy and funding

MN Broadband Task Force Final meeting
The latest iteration of the MN Broadband Task Force held its final meeting. But there is a strong push to have new folks apply and get a new Task Force going.

MN PUC is looking at LTD Broadband Again
Although LTD Broadband has changed its name GigiFi Internet, it will still have to answer to concerns with their ETC Designation. The Minnesota Telecom Alliance and MN Rural Electric Association have asked the MN PUC to look at the designation and suspend the designation while they do. There will be a preconference hearing on April 24.

Minnesota Legislature looking at Broadband Funding
Governor Walz suggested $276 million for broadband in his budget. The Senate has been looking at $100 million. It’s a big number, unfortunately the estimate to get ubiquitous broadband to all Minnesotans is closer to $2.76 billion. Federal funding will help but that is unlikely to be distributed soon and is unlikely to cover the costs.

State News    

Federal News

Vendor News

Local Broadband News

Upcoming Events, Opportunities and Resources

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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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