More, Better Broadband for Minnesota
We are an ad hoc group of citizens, businesses and organizations that believes that more, bigger, better broadband is needed to ensure Minnesota’s and our own future. We like and have adopted the vision and principles developed by the Broadband Strategy Board of the Blandin Foundation.
To ensure a high quality of life and a globally competitive future for its citizens, businesses and communities, Minnesota must be committed to making the necessary investment to become a world leader in the universal deployment and use of ultra high-speed next generation broadband.
- Ubiquity: Ultra high-speed broadband needs to be available to everyone in Minnesota,
including businesses, institutions and individuals. While ultimately all Minnesotans
will need this service, this goal will necessarily be achieved in stages.
- Symmetry: Ultra high-speed broadband needs to provide symmetric speeds and facilitate source-to-source communication. More communication in the future will be “two-way”
as we work more from our homes.
- Affordable: Ultra high-speed broadband needs to be available at rates people can afford.
- Competition: Competition among service providers should be encouraged. Competition increases customer choice and promotes innovation.
- World Class: We must achieve world class state-of-the-art service based on global standards. We cannot afford just to be better than our neighboring states.
- Collaboration: The deployment and utilization of ultra high-speed broadband is a challenging goal that can benefit from public and private entities working together.
- Neutrality: Ultra high-speed broadband policy should be promoted regardless of the technology platform that delivers it. The best technology for delivering ultra high-speed broadband may not have been invented yet.
- Interoperability: Regardless of the technology used for ultra high-speed delivery, all systems must seamlessly interoperate with all other technologies.
Where to house the MN Office of Broadband Development?
Legislators are looking at dedicating funding to establishing an Office of Broadband Development - one of the big questions is where to house it. Learn more.