Minnesota Broadband and Biz: August 2012

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Blandin on BroadbandBy Ann Treacy, Blandin on Broadband

In its annual 706 report, the FCC declared that broadband is not yet being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion and indicated that in Minnesota 8 percent of the population does not have access to fixed broadband.

That is a far cry from the goal of ubiquitous broadband by 2015 set out by the Minnesota Broadband bill. The statistics are even more alarming when you look at the rural versus non-rural difference. In non-rural areas the percentage is .8 percent; in rural areas that percentage climbs to 27.7 percent.  The shortcoming are further reflected in Akamai’s 2012 State of the Internet Report, which didn’t bode well for Minnesota.

In the last month, the Blandin on Broadband blog has highlighted several stories on how rural and non-rural communities in Minnesota are expanding access to and use of broadband: