House GOP: Schools, Rural Areas Need Broadband MostHouse Republicans say funding Wi-Fi hotspots for students and leveraging federal grants for broadband Internet development are the best ways to reach underserved communities in Minnesota, but Democrats argue the plan doesn't go far enough.
State Democrats Unveil Ambitious To-Do List For Rural MinnesotansDFL lawmakers say they're prepared to use up to $400 million from the state's huge budget surplus to start focusing on what they say are specific issues that are having a tremendous impact on rural Minnesota, and that Twin Cities residents might not even think about.
Dayton Seeking $100M For Broadband ExpansionGov. Mark Dayton is laying out a high-speed Internet marker by proposing a $100 million infusion to help bring broadband to more rural Minnesota areas.
$11M In Grants Awarded To 15 MN Broadband ProjectsBroadband providers serving 15 rural areas of Minnesota unlocked $11 million of state grants Friday to expand the availability of high-speed Internet. The Department of Employment and Economic Development announced the recipients in a competitive grant program that has struggled to keep pace with demand.
Requests For Minnesota Broadband Aid Exceed Grants By 3 FoldAlmost three times as much money as state grant funding available is being sought by Minnesota communities seeking to expand broadband Internet infrastructure.
House GOP Adds Broadband Funding To Budget ProposalRepublicans in the Minnesota House have carved out space in their budget to improve internet service in greater Minnesota.
17 Broadband Projects To Get Boost From Minnesota GrantsThe first state grants in a new broadband Internet expansion program will bolster 17 projects in Minnesota.
Leaders Urge Caution On Spending State Budget SurplusTalk 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.
For Rural Broadband Boosters, $20M Makes A Start 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.
Minnesota Pushes Fast Broadband Service To HinterlandsThe 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.
Minn. Picks Top Broadband Officer 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.
Timberwolves Games Headed To WCCO RadioThe 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.