Senator Matt Schmit Awarded Community Broadband Hero of the Year

The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) Board of Directors announced the recipients of NATOA’s 2014 Community Broadband Awards.

Senator Matt Schmit was given the “Community Broadband Hero of the Year” award for “courageously authoring and championing the ‘Border to Border Broadband Fund’ bill that passed in the Minnesota Legislature securing $20 million dollars in funding that helps remove barriers to opportunities for much needed broadband development across the state.”


Since 2007 NATOA has been recognizing exceptional leaders and innovative programs that champion community interests and broadband deployment in local communities nationwide. Recipients will receive their awards at NATOA’s 34th Annual Conference, to be held in St. Paul, MN from September 29 – October 2 at the Crowne Plaza Riverfront Hotel.

“NATOA’s Community Broadband Awards proudly honor the people, communities, and organizations that lead the nation in improving government and public options in broadband technology,” said NATOA president Tony Perez. “These pioneers were selected based on their extraordinary efforts, achievements and innovation in community-based approaches to broadband and new technology.”

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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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