Broadband

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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Political Chatter: Democrats Seek To Stop Rural Legislative Losses

Minnesota Democrats hope the flip-flopping of state House control continues through one more election. Democrats mostly dominated the House for years, until Republicans held control from 1999 to 2006. Since then, Democrats controlled two two-year sessions, Republicans won the House back in 2011 before Democrats took it in 2013. Republicans control the current two-year Legislature…
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Session Success Or Flop For Greater Minnesota?

Republicans took control of the Minnesota House this year by ousting 10 greater Minnesota Democrats in last November’s election, and immediately promised to make 2015 the greater Minnesota legislative session. The session has ended and rural Republicans think things went well. “I’m happy,” Republican Mary Franson of Alexandria said. Do Democrats agree? Not so much.…
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