Minnesota’s Top Lawyer Joins 21 Others In Suing The FCC

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By Brian Heater, TechCrunch

“A lawsuit filed today by the attorneys general of 22 states seeks to block the Federal Communications Commission’s recent controversial vote to repeal Obama era Net Neutrality regulations.

The filing is led by New York State Attorney General Schneiderman, who called rollback a potential “disaster for New York consumers and businesses, and for everyone who cares about a free and open internet.”

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Broadband Group Wants Another $35 Million In Corporate Welfare

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By Jessie Van, Berkel Star Tribune

“Minnesota spent tens of millions of dollars expanding high-speed broadband internet in recent years, but nearly $1.4 billion in public and private investment is still needed to get access to all households, according to a state task force report.”

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Minnesota’s AG Joins In Lawsuit Over The Repeal Of Net Neutrality

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By Brian Bakst, Minnesota Public Radio

“Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson said she plans to join peers from other states in challenging federal rule changes to internet access.

Swanson told supporters in an email that she and other attorneys general would sue over the Federal Communications Commission’s recent decision to repeal the so-called net neutrality rule, which prevented service providers from blocking certain sites or setting rates based on content. The regulation was put in place in 2015.”

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Williams Sound To Broaden A/V Scope With Pointmaker Purchase

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“MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE) — Williams Sound, a global designer and manufacturer of wireless communication technology, today announced that it has acquired Pointmaker, part of a new strategy to expand the Williams Sound product footprint beyond its traditional audio end markets.”

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Minnesota Based 3M Will Sell Fiber Optics Business Unit In $900m Cash Deal

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“(Reuters) – Gorilla Glass maker Corning Inc (GLW.N) said on Monday it would buy substantially all of 3M Co’s (MMM.N) communication markets business for about $900 million in cash.

3M’s unit provides optical fiber and copper passive connectivity solutions for the telecommunications industry and has annual global sales of about $400 million. The deal is part of New-York-based Corning’s plan to invest$1 billion-$3 billion in acquisitions, Corning said.”

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DEED Gives Millions In Public Money To Private Biz For Broadband

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“ST. PAUL, MN – Lt. Governor Tina Smith and the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) today announced the 2017 Border-to-Border Broadband Grant recipients. The grants total $26 million for 39 broadband infrastructure projects that will provide 9,973 households, 2,169 businesses, and 60 community institutions across Minnesota access to reliable, affordable high-speed internet.”

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Mankato-Based Neutral Path Communications Acquires Infinity Fiber

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Mankato, MinnesotaSeptember 25, 2017Neutral Path Communications, the Midwest’s premier provider of fiber optic transport facilities, announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Infinity Fiber, LLC. The Infinity highly-coveted fiber network runs from Indianapolis to South Bend, before it jogs west to Chicago.”

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ConvergeOne Grows Via SPS Purchase

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“EAGAN, Minn., Aug. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — ConvergeOne, a leading IT services provider of collaboration and technology solutions, today announced that it has acquired Strategic Products and Services (“SPS”), a global, multivendor communication and networking managed service provider headquartered in New Jersey. Effective immediately, SPS is now SPS, a ConvergeOne Company. This acquisition solidifies ConvergeOne’s position as a leading provider of collaboration and IT enabled solutions in the market today.”

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DataBank Is Expanding Eagan Data Center

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“DataBank, Ltd., a Digital Bridge portfolio company and leading provider of business solutions for data center, cloud, interconnectivity, and managed services, announced a 15,000 sqft expansion of data center capacity for their premier Minneapolis/Saint Paul-area facility located in Eagan, MN. The completion of the site’s third data hall, scheduled to open in September, will increase the facility’s overall footprint to over 40,000 sqft of white-floor data center space.”

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Minnesota’s AG Sues CenturyLink

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Via Star Tribune

“ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is suing CenturyLink, alleging the internet provider is overbilling many Minnesota customers after quoting lower rates. Swanson filed the lawsuit in Anoka County District Court on Wednesday. The lawsuit argues that the Louisiana-based company has frequently charged residents higher monthly rates than they were quoted and refused to honor the lower price.”

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