ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. 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.

Dayton proposed the substantial increase in grant funding on Thursday as he reacted to news of a nearly $1.9 billion projected surplus. Last spring, the Legislature put $10 million into a competitive grant account after $20 million the year before. Demand for that money far outstripped the available resources.

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The Democratic governor says the amount he is proposing “may not be the right number but is has to be significant.”

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The state’s two-year-old grant program requires companies and communities to match a state allocation. The goal is to bring higher-speed Internet to unserved or underserved regions.

He ran for office on a “border-to-border broadband” pledge.

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