Minn. Writes Report On Statewide Broadband Access

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Commerce and the nonprofit group Connect Minnesota are set to present a new report Thursday that will serve as the roadmap for expanding high-speed Internet access in the state.

In December, the department released a report saying the state had a ways to go to meet the Legislature’s goal for all state households to have access to high-speed Internet by 2015.

Lawmakers wanted all households to have access to download speeds of at least 10 megabits per second by 2015, but the reports said only 84 percent of households now meet that goal.

Another of goal called for Minnesota to be among the top five states in average broadband speed. The report found Minnesota was not even close.

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  • Thomas Keim

    good deal the phone line tech is out dates especally in rural areaswhere you still have pony express which is still faster than the post office in mail delivery

  • QoS

    Good lord, these story’s are so far from the truth. Sure your house is capable of getting 10Mb’s, BUT most ISP’s have oversold their networks to the point where ~ 3-4 Mb’s is available. This is a common practice, oversell a network and charge top dollar. ISP’s get away with it to by using the “UP TO” wording. Rural areas are the worst where there is no competition Goto http://www.dslreports.com to see where your ISP stands. Oh and our government spending 300 Million on a MAP that is completely inaccurate, no Minnesota wants to do something close to the same. Do we ever learn from our mistakes?

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