January Broadband Tour

State Senator Matt Schmit (DFL – Red Wing) will be continuing his “Border to Border Broadband Tour” throughout Greater Minnesota to gather community input and to talk about the importance of reliable, high-speed internet access to every corner of the state.

“Minnesota has spent the past decade talking about the importance of broadband access. We’ve formed three separate Governor’s task forces, we’ve established speed goals, and we’ve identified policy recommendations. There’s been a lot of talk, but very little action. Despite a great deal of philanthropic activity and admirable work by our local providers and co-ops, our statewide infrastructure investments aren’t keeping pace and we’re lagging increasingly behind the curve,” Schmit said. “I’m convinced high-speed broadband access is the great equalizer for rural economic development. Unfortunately, a lot of our communities are falling short of the speeds and service levels that are required for essential 21st century applications — including those in education, healthcare, e-commerce, and agriculture.”

The public is invited to help set the 2014 legislative agenda on broadband by joining the discussion at one of several scheduled meetings:

• January 6, 3:00 p.m.: Chisago County HRA, North Branch Regional Library, 6355 379th St. North Branch, MN 55056

• January 7, 8:00 a.m.: City of Chatfield, Chatfield City Hall (Council Chambers), 21 Second St. SE Chatfield, MN 55923

• January 7, 2:00 p.m.: Arrowhead Regional Development Commission, ARDC Building 221 W. First St. Duluth, MN 55802

• January 8, 9:30 a.m.: Hubbard County Regional Economic Development Commission, Northwoods Bank (Community Room) 1200 First Street E. Park Rapids, MN 56470

• January 8, 12:00 p.m.: Park Rapids Rotary, St. Joseph’s Area Health Services (Basement Meeting Room), 600 Pleasant Ave. Park Rapids, MN 56470

• January 8, 3:00 p.m.: Todd County Fiberband Committee, Todd County Courthouse boardroom (3rd floor), 212 Second Ave. S. Long Prairie, MN 56347

• January 9, 8:30 a.m.: Aitkin county, Aitkin Courthouse (Boardroom), 217 Second St. NW Aitkin, MN 56431

• January 9, 4:00 p.m.: City of Annandale, Annandale City Hall (Community Room), 30 Cedar St. E. Annandale, MN

• January 10, 9:00 a.m.: Ortonville Economic Development Association, Ortonville Public Library (Media Center), 412 Second St. NW Ortonville, MN 56278

• January 10, 1:30 p.m.: Southwest Minnesota Regional Economic Development Commission, SWRDC Building 2401 Broadway Ave., Suite 100 Slayton, MN 56172

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Matt Schmit is from Red Wing and represents District 21 in southeastern Minnesota. He is the vice chair of the Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development Committee.

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