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Minnesota Response Summary to
the Broadband Opportunity Council
• Input from:
– Blandin Broadband Strategy Board
– Key stakeholders
– Our community experience
• Key considerations
– Need...
Overarching Themes
• Enable, encourage and engage in
collaboration
• Support and spur rural broadband
cooperatives
• Conti...
Senator Klobuchar
• Encourage investment and adoption by:
– Strengthen existing programs
• BTOP
• USDA RUS
– Improve coord...
Office of Broadband Development
• One-stop federal broadband website
• Federal support of broadband mapping
• More flexibl...
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MN Response Summary to the Broadband Opp Council

  1. 1. Minnesota Response Summary to the Broadband Opportunity Council
  2. 2. • Input from: – Blandin Broadband Strategy Board – Key stakeholders – Our community experience • Key considerations – Need to eliminate digital divide that threatens equal opportunity – Federal policies and programs like ARRA make a difference – Partnerships are key to success – Broadband infrastructure is not enough; investments in people, education and training are essential
  3. 3. Overarching Themes • Enable, encourage and engage in collaboration • Support and spur rural broadband cooperatives • Continue efforts to spur adoption and increase sophistication of use
  4. 4. Senator Klobuchar • Encourage investment and adoption by: – Strengthen existing programs • BTOP • USDA RUS – Improve coordination with states • Partner with state funds like DEED OBD • Mapping – Advance public private partnerships • Dig once • FirstNet – Modern infrastructure • Wireless spectrum • Wireless deployment
  5. 5. Office of Broadband Development • One-stop federal broadband website • Federal support of broadband mapping • More flexible federal broadband finance programs • Close strategic coordination with state broadband initiatives – Investment – Permitting – Bridge construction/ROW – Housing – Labor standards – State inclusion on federal working groups • USF – E-rate – Lifeline – Health and education • Digital inclusion – Libraries – Veterans – Early education

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