GMNP to hold press conference to discuss how lack of broadband is crippling Greater Minnesota communities

The Greater Minnesota Partnership will hold a press conference at noon tomorrow in Room 181 of the State Office Building to highlight the need for high-quality broadband in Greater Minnesota and introduce legislation aimed at tackling this issue. The press conference is slated to feature business owners, education and health care professionals, and community leaders who will share stories of the struggles they have had to endure due to inadequate Internet service and the increasingly important role broadband technology plays in today’s society.

Lawmakers Sen. Matt Schmit (DFL-Red Wing) and Rep. Erik Simonson (DFL-Duluth) will also be on hand to unveil legislation that would create and provide $100 million for a State Broadband Infrastructure Fund, which would help to bring top-quality broadband to unserved and underserved parts of the state. The fund is one of three broadband-related bills that the GMNP is supporting this legislative session.

For more information on the GMNP’s policy position on broadband expansion, informational materials and links to related legislation, visit our webpage on broadband expansion.