Republicans in the Minnesota House have carved out space in their budget to improve internet service in greater Minnesota.
The first state grants in a new broadband Internet expansion program will bolster 17 projects in Minnesota.
Talk of tax cuts has followed word that Minnesota’s budget will run up a $1 billion surplus. Top Democrats and Republicans separately raised the prospect Thursday of giving tax breaks with a portion of the surplus. The first dose could come soon in the next session as lawmakers weigh whether to match up Minnesota’s deductions and credits more closely with those at the federal level.
Supporters of expanded broadband in rural Minnesota are claiming a victory as the Legislature appears ready to set aside $20 million for their cause. A supplemental budget bill that includes the money could be voted on as early as Friday.
The high-speed Internet capability that’s an afterthought in big cities and regional centers is spreading ever deeper into the nation’s countryside. It has been nudged along by billions in federal stimulus dollars and state efforts to expand a key amenity for both quality of life and business competitiveness.
Minnesota has a new boss of broadband. Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Cook County’s Danna MacKenzie is the first executive director for the Office of Broadband Development, a division created last spring.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have a new radio home. Starting with the 2011-12 season, fans will be able to tune into the Wolves games on NewsRadio 830 WCCO.
LightSquared, a company that’s building a new nationwide wireless broadband network, says Best Buy will resell access to that network, starting with a trial early next year.
A St. Cloud family will have to give up their potbellied pig Looie, as the City Council has decided to uphold the ban on the animals.
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.
A new state report shows that Minnesota still has a ways to go to meet the Legislature’s ambitious goals for access to high-speed Internet connections.