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April 16, 2015
Editorial: Minnesota needs to invest in broadband
For all their campaigning in 2014 on the importance of rural Minnesota, House Republicans in their budget proposal have chosen to invest $0 for the state's broadband assistance program. This is very disappointing for everyone in rural Minnesota. Rural Minnesota will...
April 16, 2015 - 5:37am
The upper Minnesota River Valley's appetite for broadband Internet grows
APPLETON — Work comes before play in the countryside, and so it should come as no surprise that economic needs are driving a growing appetite to develop broadband service in the five rural counties served by the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission. Policy-makers...
February 16, 2015 - 11:42pm
February 9, 2015
Needs and technology: Survey to help EDC tackle critical broadband issues
WILLMAR — In an effort to get a better grasp of local broadband services, the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission is launching a survey this month to assess what’s available and where the gaps lie. The first round of the survey will be small in...
February 9, 2015 - 11:16pm
November 30, 2014
Minnesota is a state divided in terms of Internet
ST. PAUL — Minnesotans only need to look at the first two counties on an alphabetical list to understand the Internet disparity between rural areas and those in big cities.
November 30, 2014 - 10:35pm
April 24, 2014
Push continues for broadband funding
WILLMAR –– With just two weeks left in the legislative session, there is both optimism and concern about whether there will be state money allocated to fund the expansion of broadband Internet service in rural Minnesota. The answer will “come to a head” in the next couple...
April 24, 2014 - 10:50pm
March 13, 2014
Editorial: Time to invest in outstate broadband, outstate families and businesses need it
The time has come for our Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton to step up and invest in broadband Internet across Greater Minnesota. The Legislature stated four years ago that every household within Minnesota should have access to high-speed broadband Internet by 2015. It is not...
March 13, 2014 - 7:00am
March 12, 2014
Broadband push moves on without support of the governor
The push for a $100 million upgrade of broadband Internet service in rural Minnesota is underway at the Legislature — without the backing of Gov. Mark Dayton. Despite a $1.2 billion budget surplus and a funding request from his own task force, Dayton released a revised budget last...
March 12, 2014 - 11:13pm
October 31, 2013
Minn. businesses bring in online money
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota businesses make $38 billion a year in online sales. Connect Minnesota reports that more than a third of the state’s businesses earn at least some revenue online. “Broadband adoption and use is a vital component to keep Minnesota businesses,...
October 31, 2013 - 8:26am
July 15, 2013
More Minnesota households have broadband access but density is a challenge in rural area
WILLMAR - Recent research shows the number of Minnesota households with access to broadband at a minimum of 10 megabits-per-second download...
July 15, 2013 - 11:33pm
November 7, 2011
Gov. Dayton names 15 to task force on broadband
ST. PAUL -- One week after hosting a Job Summit focused on strengthening Minnesota's infrastructure and fostering a strong business climate, Gov. Mark Dayton appointed 15 members to a Governor's Task Force on Broadband. The task force, which was established by Executive Order 11-27,...
November 7, 2011 - 9:30am
September 15, 2010
Broadband grant funds available for those in the local area
WILLMAR -- Local organizations have a chance to apply for grants to help them increase both access to broadband and the use of broadband technology. About $100,000 in grant funding is available. The money comes from the C.K. Blandin Foundation's Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities...
September 15, 2010 - 12:00am
August 25, 2010
Rural Minn. waiting for high-speed Web access
MINNEAPOLIS -- Gunflint Lodge is a place Minnesotans go to get away from the modern world, but owner Bruce Kerfoot says there is one modern amenity that he absolutely needs to maintain a strong business: high-speed Internet. Kerfoot told a high-speed Internet summit Tuesday that...
August 25, 2010 - 12:00am
August 24, 2010
Lac qui Parle County takes to the open road to put the digital divide in the past
Lac qui Parle County is taking to the road to put the digital divide behind it. The county on Wednesday plans to unveil its "computer commuter,''...
August 24, 2010 - 12:00am
August 3, 2010
Access to broadband a step closer for residents of rural area
APPLETON -- Folks living outside of Appleton are on the verge of being able to do what their neighbors living outside of smaller towns like Cerro Gordo or Chokio already take for granted. They will be able to replace the scratch, screech and pings of dial-up Internet access with...
August 3, 2010 - 12:00am
May 14, 2010
EDC learns county is one of 11 statewide who will receive grant to enhance broadband development
WILLMAR -- Federal money is soon arriving in Kandiyohi County to help enhance the availability and use of broadband, especially for rural and underserved populations. The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission recently learned the county was chosen as...
May 14, 2010 - 12:00am