On November 7, 2011, Governor Mark Dayton appointed 15 members to a Governor’s Task Force on Broadband. The Task Force, which was established by Executive Order 11-27, is charged with developing policies to promote the expansion of broadband access in Minnesota. Governor Dayton’s stated goal is “border-to-border” high speed Internet and cell phone access throughout Minnesota.
The Task Force will develop an action plan for identifying and correcting disparities in access and adoption of Broadband in all Minnesota communities – urban, rural, and suburban. That action plan will help ensure that residential homes, schools, hospitals, and businesses have access to the technology and information resources they need to thrive in a global economy.
The Minnesota Department of Commerce, which houses the state’s Broadband Development Office, works closely with the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband.
Meeting agendas, minutes and documents of the task force are posted below. Also, you can view the 2011 task force report for more detailed information.
Minnesota Broadband Plan Outline (.pdf): This document fulfills the second deliverable of the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband created by Governor Mark Dayton under Executive Order #11-27 and requiring the filing of a Broadband Plan Outline by January 31, 2012.
2012 Status Report and Policy Recommendations (.pdf): This document provides a compilation of baseline information the Task Force will use in preparing the 2012 Annual Report and Broadband Plan. In addition, this report includes specific recommendations for policymakers and stakeholders to consider and stakeholders to consider.
Annual Report and Broadband Plan (December 2012 - .pdf)
This Report and Plan includes policy recommendations to promote the expansion of broadband access in Minnesota. The report also identifies adoption and access to 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.
Task Force Meeting Materials
Tuesday, May 14 Meeting Agenda (.pdf)
Tuesday, May 14 Meeting Minutes (.pdf)
Tuesday, April 23 Meeting Agenda (.pdf)
Tuesday, April 23 Meeting Minutes (.pdf)
- Comcast Presentation (.pdf)
- Broadband Access Project Flyer (.pdf)
- Connect2Complete Handout (.pdf)
- Broadband Adoption - Hmong American Partnership (.pdf)
- CenturyLink Internet Basics Handout (.pdf)
Tuesday, March 5 Meeting Agenda (.pdf)
Tuesday, March 5 Meeting Minutes (.pdf) - Meeting Cancelled Due to Weather
Tuesday, July 16 Meeting Agenda (.pdf)
Tuesday, July 16 Meeting Minutes (.pdf)
Tuesday, June 8 Meeting Agenda (.pdf)
Tuesday, June 8 Meeting Minutes (.pdf)
Tuesday, May 8 Meeting Agenda (.pdf)
Tuesday, May 8 Meeting Minutes (.pdf)
Tuesday March 27 meeting minutes (.pdf)
Tuesday March 27 meeting agenda (.pdf)
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 presentation slides (.pdf)
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 meeting minutes (.pdf)
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 meeting agenda (.pdf)
Members of the Task Force, listed below, represent a balance of broadband interests, including consumers, business and residential users, educational and health care institutions, traditional telephone and cable companies, wireless providers as well as metro and rural local units of government. Members include:
Margaret Anderson Kelliher, President, Minnesota High Tech Association
Andrea Casselton, Director of Technology and Communications, City of St. Paul
Fred Underwood, MIS Director, Fond du Lac Reservation
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