Sen. Klobuchar to Convene High-Speed Broadband Roundtable

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 at 11:04 am

Officials with President-elect Obama’s transition have indicated that investments in broadband communications infrastructure will be part of the economic stimulus and recovery plan expected in early 2009.

In anticipation of these infrastructure investments, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar will convene a roundtable discussion, Monday, December 29th to identify key priorities for high-speed broadband Internet access and service in Minnesota, so the state can have a top-quality “21st century information infrastructure.”

Klobuchar serves on the Senate Commerce Committee, which has authority over telecommunications issues.

Roundtable participants include:
State Representative Brita Sailer (Park Rapids)
Tony Mayer, West Central Telephone Cooperative (Sebeka)
Tim Rice, Lakewood Health System (Staples)
Jeff Hunt, Park Rapids Area Schools– ISD 309 (Park Rapids)
Bill Coleman, Blandin Foundation (Grand Rapids)
Tim Lovaasen, President, Minnesota Communications Workers of America (Minneapolis)
Dawn Hegland, Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission (Appleton)

1 Comment

  1. Susan Lehner 12/24/08 at 10:38am

    Glad to hear finally something is going to be done about high speed internet. We have been waiting for years for high speed, only to be told how much it costs and the money has gone to other parts of the country. We live in Pine City, about 5 miles out and are constantly told it will be coming. We pay the same as anyone else and feel like we are not important enough to have high speed. Thank you for your efforts

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