$210M Broadband Package Headed to Governor’s Desk

Mon 5-23-2022

(St. Paul, MN)- Over 210 million dollars to improve broadband access across Minnesota, a key part of an agriculture budget package headed to the desk of Governor Tim Walz.  Lead Senate negotiator, Elbow Lake Republican Torrey Westrom says, “communities in rural Minnesota…are seeing a surge of economic development because of the ability for people to work remotely.” Westrom says farmers use broadband for checking markets and weather, connecting to their barns for livestock monitoring, and marketing specialty crops. Democratic Representative Rob Ecklund from International Falls, chief House author of the measure, says in 2022 “reliable internet access isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity.”