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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.
Minnesota Broadband Coalition Goals
- Achieve our broadband vision using the principles as our guide posts.
- Provide a platform to develop and speak with unified voice on broadband policies, projects and prospective legislation.
- Monitor emerging issues, inform key stakeholders, integrate stakeholder and citizen feedback into a unified message and impact Minnesota public broadband policy
We are dusting off the Minnesota Broadband Coalition because people have been saying it’s time to get the conversation going again. The Minnesota Broadband Coalition is an ad hoc group of people interested in promoting world-class broadband access across the state.
We are just over a year from the deadline set in legislature for ubiquitous broadband of 10-20 Mbps downstream and 5-10 Mbps down. In fact, conversations are happening – the new Office of Broadband has an executive director – Welcome Danna MacKenzie – and the Governor’s Broadband Task Force is getting ready to issue their recommendations to the Governor and Legislature.
So we ask – how is Minnesota doing? Do you think we’ll make it? What can we do to help it happen? Do you think the speeds are still adequate? Is ubiquitous coverage too ambitious?
We will try to post info on a regular basis. (You can subscribe to the blog to get updates.) We invite you to send materials, post comments or join the LinkedIn Group http://tinyurl.com/mnbbcoalition.
We are open to other forms of conversation too. Maybe a face-to-face meeting, an online hangout, Twitter party. You name it we can all try to make it happen.
To get the ball rolling, we encourage members to attend the Minnesota Broadband Task Force. Here’s the meeting info:
Governor’s Task Force on Broadband - December 3, 2013
Minnesota DEED Offices
JJ Hill Conference Room
1st National Bank Bldg, 332 Minnesota St, St Paul MN 55101
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Some of plan to meet before the Task Force meeting at 8:30 at a nearby coffee shop. Please feel free to join us there! Caribou Coffee at 56 E 6th St, St Paul, MN.
We are happy to do what we can facilitate the conversation – but we’re looking to the membership to doing the talking!
Bill Coleman & Ann Treacy