Inadequate broadband funding prompts harsh media response

When the House Job Growth & Energy Affordability Finance Committee failed to include any funding for the broadband infrastructure grant program in its omnibus bill two weeks ago, the response from Greater Minnesota was swift and harsh.  On Friday, the House backpedaled a bit and allocated $8 million for the broadband grant program. The Senate also came out with a budget proposal last week that included $17 million for broadband, which is still less than the $30 million recommended by Gov. Dayton and far less than the $200 million recommended by the governor’s broadband task force.

We are pleased that the media has picked up on this important issue and given it extensive coverage. Below are the editorials and columns that have been written in the last few days regarding the need for rural broadband and the Legislature’s failure to make it a priority this session. Please note that the first link is to a column written by GMNP Executive Director Dan Dorman and President Gary Evans.