Businesses absolutely depend on fast broadband at affordable prices. Due to limited competition, the broadband landscape in much of greater Minnesota is not pretty. The exception is Monticello, where the publicly owned fiber network offers commercial 30Mbps symmetrical connections for $99/month, which has spurred the local telco to improve their offerings.
Any hope of duplicating these amazing connections elsewhere in Minnesota may be permanently setback as a result of recent action in the Minnesota Legislature, where incumbents are flexing their muscles to limit broadband competition from the public sector. The following article, which discusses the situation in detail, originally appeared at http://muninetworks.org and is re-posted in entirety with permission from the author.