Minnesota Broadband and Biz: September 2012

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Blandin FoundationBy 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 [1][2][3][4][5]. 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: