More Minnesotans will soon have access to high-speed internet under a new bill signed into law Thursday by Gov. Tim Walz.
The bill provides $100 million to expand high-speed broadband access across the state as part of the state’s goal of ensuring access for all Minnesotans.
According to state data, more than 200,000 Minnesota households didn’t have access to wired broadband service with basic internet speeds last year. Most of the underserved areas are in rural communities.
The governor’s office said that the investment supplements federal funding allocated to Minnesota under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
Also reported in:
- Ag Week: Grain safety net, $100 million for broadband highlight Minnesota ag bill signing – Agweek
- KAAL: Governor Walz signs Agriculture and Broadband bill into law – ABC 6 News – kaaltv.com
- KTTC: Gov. Walz signs agriculture and broadband bill into law – KTTC
- KARE 11: WATCH: Walz visits Finlayson to sign farm bill | kare11.com
It’s great news but a far cry from the $276 million in the Governor’s budget earlier in the session.
How disappointing when there is such a huge surplus this state is not committed to broadband and should quit pretending so.