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Governor’s Task Force on Broadband releases Annual Report and Broadband Plan

Task Force issues report on successes and opportunities in achieving border-to-border high speed internet access

December 12, 2012

For Immediate Release:

SAINT PAUL, MN – After twelve months of statewide meetings to gather information on the best practices and action steps Minnesota can take toward achieving border-to-border broadband access, the Broadband Task Force has issued its Annual Report and Broadband Plan for Governor Dayton’s consideration.

The Broadband Task Force Annual Report and Broadband Plan released today by the Minnesota Department of Commerce includes policy recommendations to promote the expansion of broadband access in Minnesota.  The report also identifies adoption and access disparities throughout the state and outlines the benefits of universal broadband access to the state’s economy, including more efficient delivery of healthcare, education and government services.

“I would like to thank the Broadband Task Force for their commitment over the past year,” said Commissioner Mike Rothman. “The Task Force took their charge seriously, understanding the economic benefit to our communities – urban, rural, and suburban – to have access to the technology and resources to compete in a global economy.”

About the Broadband Task Force

The Governor’s Task Force on Broadband was created in August 2011 by Governor Dayton through Executive Order 11-27 to develop, implement, and promote state broadband policy, planning, and initiatives to achieve state broadband needs and goals.  Governor Dayton appointed 15 members representing a balance of broad interests, including Margaret Anderson Kelliher to chair the Task Force.

Broadband Task Force Members

Margaret Anderson Kelliher, President, Minnesota High Tech Association
Bob Bass, Bloomington, AT&T Wireless
Gary Evans, CEO of Hiawatha Broadband Communications
Matt Grose, Superintendent, Deer River Public Schools
Maureen Ideker, Director of Telehealth, Essentia Health
Bernadine Joselyn, Director of Public Policy and Engagement for the Blandin Foundation
Steve Lewsader, President of the Communication Workers of America, Local 7201
Danna MacKenzie, Director of Information Systems for Cook County
Daniel Richter, President of MVTV Wireless
Duane Ring, President of the nine-state Midwest Region of Century Link
Dick Sjoberg, Sjoberg's Cable
Bao Vang, President/CEO of the Hmong-American Partnership
Shirley Walz, Senior Director of Technology for Thomson Reuters

More information about the Broadband Task Force, broadband activities in Minnesota and the State’s broadband goals can be found on the Department of Commerce website.