Broadband Debate Centers On Cost, Students, Businesses

Ten percent of Litchfield School District students are so far away from high-speed Internet connections that they cannot to do all of their homework. Superintendent Daniel Frazier on Wednesday said students in his area are luckier than many in rural Minnesota. Students who live in areas with mobile telephone signals so weak that wireless hotspots…
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Broadband Spending Plans Vary Greatly

Republican Minnesota representatives propose spending $35 million to expand broadband high-speed Internet in the state, far less than Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Senate Democrats want. “Minnesotans are going to see a historic amount of broadband investment this year,” Rep. Ron Kresha, R-Little Falls, said Wednesday as he and other Republicans outlined their plan. While…
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Faster Broadband Suggested As Some Rural Areas Remain Behind

A Minnesota broadband task force recommends increasing state Internet speed guidelines even as many rural Minnesotans lack service at current, slower standards. A governor-appointed broadband task force suggests the state Legislature increase high-speed Internet goals by 2022, which could double some speed standards, while increasing them more than four-fold by 2026. The new speeds would…
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Political Chatter: Privacy Matters To Be In The Open

Every Minnesota legislative session seems to produce one issue no one saw coming, at least to the scale it reaches. Perhaps that issue this year will be privacy. When Minnesotans hear comments like from Rep. Peggy Scott, it could attract attention. “In today’s schools, the highly sensitive and personal information … now is being uploaded…
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DFL, GOP Agree On Rural Goals, But Not The Means

Democratic and Republican legislators agree on many goals for rural Minnesota, but often differ on how to reach them. House Democrats unveiled their rural legislative plan Tuesday, mostly the same as they pushed a year ago, calling for better rural schools, improved roads and more jobs. “It’s time to level the playing field for greater…
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