Governor advocates for expansion of broadband

Since taking office in 2011, Governor Dayton and Senate DFLers have made it a priority to expand reliable and affordable high-speed internet access Greater Minnesota. Significant progress has been made to connect every Minnesota home and business in greater Minnesota to broadband, but there is still more we can do.

Governor Dayton urged the Legislature this week to support and pass his proposal to invest $30 million in rural broadband internet infrastructure. Leveraging $38 million in additional local and private investments, this proposal would help 11,000 more homes and businesses in Greater Minnesota access reliable, affordable high-speed internet.

The Minnesota Rural Broadband Coalition and its supporters called on the 2018 Legislature to provide funding of the Border to Border Broadband Development Grant program to allow economic development agencies, local governments, and others to be creative and collaborative in their approach to providing broadband services to underserved areas of the state.