Expanding broadband in Greater Minnesota–during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond–remains a priority of state lawmakers. Senator Kent Eken of Twin Valley says:
“There are many unserved and underserved areas in rural parts of our state. today broadband is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. The importance of it is now magnified in rural communities because of the pandemic.”
Earlier this week, a key House committee approved a bill to increase funding for high-speed broadband internet across the state. The bill invests $10 million in the state’s Border-to-Border broadband program, provides $8 million in a new distance learning broadband program and $2 million to reimburse health care providers and counties that purchase and install telemedicine equipment to provide COVID-19-related health care services.