April 12 Day on the Hill

A big thank you to the more than 60 participants in last week’s Broadband Day on the Hill.  It was terrific to see so many members of the Minnesota Rural Broadband Coalition telling their stories and making a push for funding Minnesota’s Border-to-Border Broadband Grant program this year. There was great enthusiasm, energy and buzz around the day.

Thanks to our morning policy panel for the discussion and information and helped set the stage for individual legislative meetings during the day.  Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Chair, Governor’s Task Force on Broadband; Danna MacKenzie, Office of Broadband; Broadband legislative leaders, Rep. Sandy Layman (R-Cohasset), Rep. Rob Ecklund (DFL-International Falls), Sen. Mark Koran (R-North Branch) and Sen. Erik Simonson (DFL-Duluth).

In particular, we are grateful to Rep. Sandy Layman (R-Cohasset) for securing a hearing on our bill, HF3527 in the House Jobs Committee on a day the Committee does not usually meet. We had a strong testimony from Gary Johnson, Paul Bunyan Communications; Nancy Hoffman, Chisago County EDA/HRA and Coalition Chair; Hannah Erickson, Greenway HS; Eric Klindt, business owner and Wilkin County Commissioner and Barb Andreasen, Alliana Health.