In 2014, the Minnesota legislature made an important first step toward connecting the entire state with border-to-border, high-quality broadband. Minnesota’s Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program is now available to communities, private providers, co-ops, and nonprofits upon a determination by the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) showing financial viability, community support and local need.
However, a few Greater Minnesota communities already enjoy world-class service as a result of local community leadership. A new report by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) details the ways local governments–many of which are in Greater Minnesota–have stepped up to get connected. Continue reading