Fact sheet highlights the work of co-ops and local governments to bring broadband to rural Minnesota

A new fact sheet, titled “Minnesota: Cooperatives and Local Governments Can Solve Rural Digital Divide,” shines a light on the work that Minnesota cooperatives and local governments have done to bring fast, reliable and affordable broadband service to rural areas. The fact sheet was created by the Community Broadband Networks Team at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

The two-page fact sheet shows that while co-ops and municipalities have done an excellent job of brining broadband to rural areas, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done to truly have “border-to-border broadband” throughout the entire state.  It notes that 43 percent of Minnesotans in rural areas still lack adequate broadband access.

More information about the struggle to bring broadband to rural Minnesota, as well as its impact on economic development, can be heard in this Community Broadband Networks’ podcast interview with GMNP Executive Director Dan Dorman from February 2016.