Connect Minnesota reports that 69 percent of Minnesota households have access to broadband at speeds of at least 10 Mbps downstream and 6 Mbps upstream. That’s an increase of 8 percent in a year, which is impressive but not getting Minnesota to the goal of ubiquitous access by 2015.
To reach that goal Minnesota communities, providers and business community must get involved.
In the last month, the Blandin on Broadband blog highlighted several stories on broadband in Minnesota:
- Monticello’s community network attempts to right their financial issues and operate their business as TDS, the commercial provider in the area, offers gigabit service.
- Zayo completes the “Connect Anoka County” project, an ARRA-funded, middle mile network that will provide connectivity across unserved and underserved areas of Anoka County.
- Broadband provider Arvig declares Melrose Minnesota’s first “gigabit city.”
- The Ramsey County Board approves the sale of $7 million in bonds to develop a broadband system for county business only.
- The telecommunications industry and the Minnesota Broadband Task Force are concerned that telecom equipment sales tax might hinder broadband deployment, especially in rural areas.
- The Blandin Foundation reports that their ARRA-funded MIRC (Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities) project was one factor in Minnesota’s ability to maintain its place as a leader in rural broadband adoption and use.
- The Institute for Local Self Reliance creates a wireless primer that helps community leaders understand wireless options.
- The FTTH Council releases tips on becoming a fiber community.
- The NTIA provides updates on their programs Connect2Compete (affordable access for low income families) and EveryOneOn (digital literacy tools) to help build broadband demand.