Minnesota Broadband Coalition


broadband-visionThe Minnesota Broadband Coalition strives to promote, support and facilitate better broeadband. We encouraging you to join the effort by supporting the Minnesota Broadband Vision!

Everyone in Minnesota will be able to use convenient, affordable world-class broadband networks that enable us to survive and thrive in our communities and across the globe.

Show your support:

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  • Part of a larger organization? Encourage them to endorse the vision and let us know when they do.

Interested in doing more?

  • We are creating materials to support better broadband by encouraging legislators to allocate funding for better broadband in the 2016 Legislature. Learn more!

Here are organizations that have endorsed the Broadband Vision:

Statewide Advocacy Organizations:

Economic Development Association of Minnesota (EDAM): a statewide association of professionals specializing in the field of economic development.

Greater Minnesota Partnership (GMP): a nonprofit corporation devoted to advocating for state economic development policies and resources that benefit Greater Minnesota

Minnesota Association of Community Telecommunications Administrators (MACTA): originally formed to address issues that impact cable television and franchise development, MACTA has evolved into a an advocacy organization to help shape the rapidly changing telecommunications landscape as it affects cities

Minnesota Association of Professional County Economic Developers (MAPCED): promotes the role of counties in fostering economic growth, expanding the tax base, and enhancing quality of life

Minnesota Association of Townships: a nonprofit corporation representing 1,779 of Minnesota’s 1,782 townships

MN Library Association Legislative Committee: the committee is charged with recommending a legislative platform and program to the MLA board of directors each year and to lobby on behalf of MLA

Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association (MMUA): a nonprofit corporation representing the interests of the state’s 100+ municipal electric and natural gas utilities

Minnesota Rural Counties Caucus: MRCC is dedicated to promoting and protecting rural concerns and rural lifestyles through advocacy on behalf of Greater Minnesota county concerns at the Minnesota Legislature, and coordination of communication between its membership

Minnesota Rural Education Association (MREA): the only advocacy organization devoted exclusively to Greater Minnesota schools

Minnesota Service Cooperatives: a Joint Powers organization comprised of nine educational service agencies


Government Officials

Congressman Rick Nolan: representing Minnesota’s 8th District

Educational Institutions

Minnesota State Community and Technical College: with campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena and online, M State’s mission is to provide education for dynamic learning, living, working and serving


Telecommunications Organizations

East Central MN Educational Cable Cooperative (ECMECC): a joint-powers association of schools in east central Minnesota that provides interactive TV programming to its members

Leech Lake Telecommunications Company: a department of Leech Lake MIS Division, the telecommunications company is charged with providing and maintaining telephone communications to over 2000 desktops and modems on the reservation

Place-based Development Organizations and Units of Government

Chisago County HRA-EDA

Ortonville EDA

Minnesota Initiative Foundations: established in the early 1980’s, these are strong, independent entities that are built to respond to regional needs and opportunities

  • Northwest Minnesota Foundation
  • West Central Initiative

Regional Development Commissions: established in 1969 to provide technical assistance to the local units of government in their region

  • Headwaters Regional Development Commission
  • Mid-Minnesota Development Commission
  • Region Five Development Commission
  • Region Nine Development Commission
  • Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission


  • Carlton County
  • Chippewa County
  • Nobles County
  • Redwood County
  • Sherburne County
  • Winona County


  • City of Big Lake
  • City of Elk River
  • City of Lafayette
  • City of Stewart
  • City of Winthrop

Utility Companies

Agralite Electric Cooperative: a locally owned progressive utility providing dependable electric service and other consumer related products to improve the quality of life in the Benson area

Nonprofit Organizations and Community Groups

Cloquet Valley Internet Initiative (CVII): a multi-township effort to improve the options residents have for high-speed internet service

EnSearch: located in the Brainerd Lakes Area, EnSearch provides research and evaluation services to support the growth of a variety of businesses and industries

Project FINE: a nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen and enrich the Winona area by facilitating the integration of people who are ethnically diverse

Resilient Region Champions of Region Five: a group of citizens a working together to realize the Resilient Region mission of planning sustainable regions that integrate the disciplines of housing, transportation, natural environment and economic development that will encompass in-reach strategies through HIGHLY involved civic engagement in efforts to build an inclusive region that will provide opportunities, be free from discrimination and improve the quality of life of ALL residents