A bill is moving forward at the State Capitol that would establish a Distance Learning Broadband Access Grant Program. The program is aimed at getting people in Greater Minnesota the access they need to high-speed internet during COVID-19 and beyond.

“COVID-19 has shown the need for broadband now more than ever, working, learning, or receiving healthcare remotely is impossible without it.”

Democratic Representative Rob Ecklund of International Falls. The bill would allocate $10 million for border-to-border broadband, $8 million to reimburse schools and $2 million to reimburse healthcare workers utilizing broadband.