Saturday's Mesabi Daily News (and other papers across the state on other days) ran a column by Sara Carlson and Tom Kuntz of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, Pay attention to Greater Minnesota.
. . . There are several needs that are unique to Greater Minnesota, and we expect House Republicans to take the lead on these issues.
For example, the economic development needs of Greater Minnesota differ from those of the metro area. Minneapolis, St. Paul and most of the surrounding suburbs have reliable access to fast, high-quality broadband, while rural parts of the state lag far behind. The legislature began to address this issue last session by devoting $20 million to funding broadband infrastructure. This is a good start, but more resources are needed, in both the underserved and unserved parts of the state, to bring our businesses and communities up to speed.
Bluestem hopes that House Republican leaders can get our state representative-elect to listen to Carlson and Kuntz, since in a television debate in October, Tim Miller was opposed to the use of public funding to support the expansion of rural broadband.
Here's the clip:
Photo: Tim Miller, image via his personal Facebook page.
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