Dayton Forms Task Force To Expand Broadband Access “Border To Border”

Friday, August 26th, 2011 at 6:28 am

Thursday Governor Mark Dayton issued Executive Order 11-27, establishing the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband with the hopes of strengthening our state’s infrastructure and fostering a strong business climate.   The Task Force will be charged to expand broadband access in Minnesota.  Dayton’s stated goal is “border-to-border” high-speed internet and cell phone access throughout Minnesota.

Governor Dayton also directed the Minnesota Department of Commerce to create a Broadband Development Office and convene a subcabinet of agencies to work on statewide broadband policies.

“Our state’s history of economic success has shown us how vital a solid infrastructure is to building a strong business climate.  Broadband access is an important part of that 21st century infrastructure,” said Governor Dayton.  “Broadband accessibility is an issue that is critical to growing our state’s economy – particularly in Greater Minnesota.  As long as there are inequities in access to broadband in Minnesota, we will see those same inequities reflected in our schools, hospitals, and businesses.  This task force will give our state an action plan for identifying and correcting these disparities so that Minnesota can compete and thrive in a global economy.”

The task force will be made up of 15 members, to be appointed by Governor Dayton through the open appointments process.  Members of the taskforce will represent a balance of broadband interests, including consumers, business and residential users, educational and health care institutions, telephone and cable companies, wireless providers as well as metro and rural local units of government. The Governor will designate a member to serve as chair of the task force.

3 Comments

  1. zkl 08/26/11 at 7:48pm

    It is about time someone steps up to the plate and gets something done with broadband to everyone

  2. Mr-Minnesota 08/27/11 at 4:39pm

    Yes, we need this in Minnesota. As the world turns and other countries surpassing us in high speed internet. We have a lot of catching up to do…. Mr, Bush did not invested in America, however invested in war…

  3. GJJ 09/3/11 at 1:43pm

    I’d filled out a form to Governor Dayton, telling him that we here in Aitkin County are the lowest in the State of MN. to have affordable/reliable broadband/high-speed Internet to our homes especially in our rural area.

    I sent this a few days ago but have not heard a word. Have re-submitted the same thing today.

    With so many folks living on fixed incomes in Aitkin County they can’t afford the expense, or there is NOT even a provider that comes up to their homes.

    Our leadership has good jobs, therefore they can afford whatever they want and basically there are providers that they can hook up to for a big price.

    We are a poor county with the largest percentage of elderly/seniors living here in the State of MN., as well.

    We’ve had promises from Blandin for years to make this happen for us. Their promises have NOT come to pass.

    GJJ

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