Minn. lawmakers want $100M to expand broadband’s reach



By Jenna Ross, Star Tribune

“More than 70 miles northeast of Duluth and another six from Schroeder, Minn., the Internet gets iffy.

Tina McKeever knew when she moved there from the Twin Cities that she’d have fewer options. But she didn’t expect that to work remotely, she’d have to pick between pokey ISDN and slower dial-up. No broadband, no wireless. Satellite wouldn’t sync with her system. “I thought, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me,’ ” McKeever said.

Despite a goal to put broadband in the hands of all residents by next year, a quarter of households — nearly 500,000 — still don’t have it, a new report from the Minnesota Broadband Task Force shows. Minnesota also will likely miss its goal to land in the top five states nationwide for access to speedy Internet by 2015. Today, the state ranks just 23rd in broadband availability.”

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