The Minnesota Rural Electric Association (MREA) is among the groups vying for funding and lawmakers’ attention in the next legislative session. MREA Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs Mike Bull says in addition to electric vehicle funding, broadband expansion is a top priority…

“Not every co-op wants or needs to provide broadband, but for many co-ops, rural broadband is the new rural electrification where farmers and other rural cooperative leaders are pulling together to provide an essential service that for profit companies wouldn’t bring to rural Minnesota.”

Bull says dealing with standard pole attachment fees for cable companies is another top priority heading into the new session.