Committee receives broadband update

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The Minnesota Office of Broadband Development updated the Committee on Jobs and Economic Growth Finance and Policy on the progress being made in connecting Minnesotans to high speed internet. To date, there are approximately 252,000 unserved households. Access to broadband is predominately an issue in rural communities with 238,000 of the 252,000 households being located outside the metropolitan area. Unserved is defined as an area in which households or businesses are unable to access to wired broadband service at speeds of 25 megabits per second download and 3 megabits per second upload.

The committee heard from testifiers that $85 million in investments over the past four years have leveraged over $110 million in matching investments. The investments have resulted in 33,852 households, 5,189 businesses, and 300 institutions being able to access broadband services. Additionally, new wireless and hybrid technology systems are playing a bigger role in expanding access to broadband.

If you are interested in additional information, please visit the Office of Broadband Development’s website.