ST. PAUL – Rep. Ron Kresha, R-Little Falls, is seeking input from local citizens in an attempt to improve area Internet service and broadband access in Greater Minnesota.
An estimated $20 million in grants will be appropriated by the state to help boost broadband access. Kresha hopes a portion of the funding will be used to improve broadband access to underserved areas in District 09B. Constituent input is needed to determine where the problem-areas are, and which parts are in the greatest need for expanded broadband access during the grant application process.
“Broadband access is an important issue to families and businesses, and has a huge impact on our local economy," Kresha said. "Education, businesses, and families can oftentimes only move as fast as their internet speed, and it's critical for our students, business owners, and families that we bring high-speed broadband access to the parts of Minnesota that need it most. High-speed internet allows teachers, students, and families to obtain information more quickly, and businesses to design, market, and sell their goods at the speed of business in this hyper-connected world economy.
Kresha encouraged constituents to contact his legislative office and provide information about possible areas for broadband expansion in District 09B or elsewhere. Addresses and phone numbers are requested. Kresha asked constituents to contact his office at (651) 296-4247 or firstname.lastname@example.org to provide input or for more information.