Greater Minnesota DFL legislators proposing $100 million broadband investment

Legislators from across greater Minnesota have joined together to call for a $100 million investment in broadband. The legislators stress the economic development reach that investment in broadband creates – something they say Greater Minnesota is in need of.

The bill calls for $100 million to be deposited into the Border-to-Border Broadband Account to be given out in grants to projects across the state. Currently, about 22 percent of homes in Greater Minnesota lack Internet connectivity at basic speeds.

According to the Broadband Task Force, for every dollar invested in broadband in the state, $10 is generated in economic activity. Over the past three years Minnesota has invested $65 million into broadband and legislators say the state has seen outstanding success. Broadband grant money has helped connect 10,000 homes and more than 1,000 businesses to broadband.