Dan Dorman: Senate’s plan helps bring better broadband to businesses, cities that need it

Below is a statement from Dan Dorman, the GMNP’s Executive Director, on the Minnesota Senate DFL’s plan to invest $85 million in the Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program and make key updates that would allow more projects to qualify for grants. A PDF version of his statement is available here.

“Many people are focused on the dollar amount, but what is just as important – if not more so – is that the Senate’s plan makes key policy changes that will allow more areas to be eligible for grants. Under the current program, most of the funding is directed at areas with no service while cities with poor service do not qualify for funding. The Senate’s plan would update the state’s broadband speed goals, which would allow more projects in more communities to meet the eligibility requirements. This is a critical policy improvement that will help bring better broadband to the businesses and communities who need it for economic development and job growth.”