Broadband Infrastructure Expansion
The GMNP supports a $100 million appropriation to the Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program, as over half of the households in rural Minnesota lack access to broadband at the state speed goals. Federal broadband dollars fund new service below state speed goals, so it is not an adequate replacement for state broadband funding. The GMNP supports using grant funds for economic development. The GMNP opposes limitations on the distribution of grant dollars between unserved and underserved areas, and opposes challenge processes that give large providers power to determine that a community shouldn’t receive a grant. The GMNP supports defining poorly-served areas as those that lack access to the level of service actually funded by the grant program (100 Mbps download / 100 Mbps upload).
- Broadband: What it means to your community and business
- Two articles: A closer look at Windomnet project reveals rapidly growing success (MMUA article)/Federal broadband deployment systems and small business (U.S. Government Accountability Office article)
- DEED Office of Broadband Development website
- Blandin on Broadband, a blog from the Blandin Foundation
- All Hands On Deck: Minnesota Local Government Models for Expanding Fiber Internet Access, a report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance