Growing prosperity in greater minnesota

Fact sheet highlights the work of co-ops and local governments to bring broadband to rural Minnesota

A new fact sheet, titled “Minnesota: Cooperatives and Local Governments Can Solve Rural Digital Divide,” shines a light on the work that Minnesota cooperatives and local governments have done to bring fast, reliable and affordable broadband service to rural areas. The fact sheet was created by the Community Broadband Networks Team at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

The two-page fact sheet shows that while co-ops and municipalities have done an excellent job of brining broadband to rural areas, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done to truly have “border-to-border broadband” throughout the entire state.  It notes that 43 percent of Minnesotans in rural areas still lack adequate broadband access.

More information about the struggle to bring broadband to rural Minnesota, as well as its impact on economic development, can be heard in this Community Broadband Networks’ podcast interview with GMNP Executive Director Dan Dorman from February 2016.

GMNP Board to adopt 2017 policy positions

The GMNP Board of Directors will adopt the organization’s 2017 policy positions at a meeting on  Dec. 7. These positions will guide the GMNP’s priorities and legislative advocacy for the upcoming legislative session and into the future.

Over the past several months, the GMNP has been gathering input from its members on the economic development issues that are most important to them. This feedback was used to help shape the draft policy positions, which will be discussed and considered at the Dec. 7 meeting.

All GMNP members are welcome to attend the meeting. It will held from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at the office of Flaherty & Hood, P.A. (located at 525 Park St., Suite 470 in St. Paul). A conference call option is also available for those who cannot attend in person. For the call-in information, please contact Julie Liew at jlliew@flaherty-hood.com.