Demand for broadband has increased with distance learning for K-12 students and many individuals working from home during the current stay at home order. The Minnesota Senate unanimously passed an emergency rural broadband bill on Wednesday. The bill was co-authored by Senator Rich Draheim of Madison Lake.

“About eight percent of the state has no broadband at all,” said Draheim. “This bill funds those that have no options at all. The bill also allows the rest of the people that are underserved to be brought up to speed.”

The Border-to-Border Broadband Fund, which targets the development of broadband in unserved and underserved areas, will receive ten million of the twenty million dollar appropriation.