Gov. Mark Dayton launched a task force to find ways to expand broadband Internet connections across Minnesota.
Dayton long has said he wants “border to border” high-speed Internet and mobile phone connections.
“Our state’s history of economic success has shown us how vital a solid infrastructure is to building a strong business climate,” Dayton said. “Broadband access is an important part of that 21st century infrastructure.”
Broadband, another term for fast Internet, is especially problematic in parts of rural Minnesota.
“As long as there are inequities in access to broadband in Minnesota, we will see those same inequities reflected in our schools, hospitals and businesses,” the governor said. “This task force will give our state an action plan for identifying and correcting these disparities so that Minnesota can compete and thrive in a global economy.”
Fifteen people Dayton appoints will comprise the task force.