Report shows communities successfully bringing broadband to Greater Minnesota

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.

As Chris Mitchell, ILSR Director of Community Broadband Networks Initiative notes, these communities have “saved money, attracted new businesses, and made it more likely that their youth will stick around.” Whether it is the city of Windom building its own network, or Lac qui Parle County partnering with its local provider, the report details how local governments can take an active role in providing or supporting high-quality broadband, which is increasingly vital to the Greater Minnesota’s economy and quality of life.

You can read the ILSR’s full report here.