By Ann Treacy
The Minnesota Broadband Task Force released a Status Report and Policy Recommendations in September. The statewide legislative goal is to have ubiquitous broadband coverage with speeds of 10-20 Mbps download and 5-10 Mbps up by 2015.
Currently, less than 60 percent of the state meets that goal; there is clearly a need to build more.
Building broadband infrastructure has been an economic driver in Minnesota for many years. The industry received a boost when the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) began providing stimulus funding to spur growth in the area . Many ARRA-funded projects are still building in Minnesota and we have also seen a number of other, non-ARRA-funded broadband projects start to take off as well.
In the last month, the Blandin on Broadband blog has highlighted several stories on businesses that build broadband: