MN lawmakers push for better broadband access

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MN lawmakers push for better broadband access

February 27, 2014 Updated Feb 27, 2014 at 9:58 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Minnesota lawmakers are hoping to improve internet connectivity across the state.

The $100 million dollar grant introduced Thursday in St. Paul aims to help providers or communities install fiber optic cable to stretch high speed internet into rural parts of the state.

The measure, introduced by Representative Erik Simonson (DFL-Duluth) and Senator Matt Schmit (DFL-Red Wing), aims to close the broadband gap for businesses, farmers and schools.

“Minnesota has yet to make a necessary commitment to its broadband infrastructure,” said Rep. Simonson. “We’re creating two Minnesotas – one where quick, reliable access to high-speed Internet is a given and one where it is rare.

A study finds only 46 percent of households in Greater Minnesota have broadband access.

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