The Governor's Task Force on Broadband is responsible for developing policies to promote the expansion of broadband access throughout Minnesota.
The task force is responsible for developing an action plan to identify and correct disparities in access and adoption of broadband in all Minnesota communities, with a goal of ensuring that homes, schools, hospitals, and businesses have access to the technology and information resources they need.
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.
This document fulfills the second deliverable required of the broadband task force: The filing of a Broadband Plan Outline by January 31, 2012.
This document contains the Task Force's annual report and recommendations for the 2014 legislative session.
This document provides a compilation of baseline information the task force used 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.
Members of the task force 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 government units. Members include:
Margaret Anderson Kelliher, President, Minnesota High Tech Association
Andrea Casselton, Highland IT Strategies
Fred Underwood, MIS Director, Fond du Lac Reservation
Gary Evans, Vice President, University Advancement, Winona State University
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
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
Paul Weirtz, State President, AT&T Minnesota
Tentative Dates for the Remainder of 2014:
Presentation by Jennifer Fritz, Office of Health Information Technology, Minnesota Department of Health
Presentation by Dave Hemler, CEO, Revation Systems, Inc.
Presentation by Peter Frank, IT Director, MNSure
Presentation by Sandy Long, PhD student in Health Infomatics, University of Minnesota
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