ST. PAUL — Rep. Dale Lueck, R-Aitkin, is encouraging citizens, local government officials and other broadband stakeholders to participate in a series of upcoming webinars/toll-free conference calls hosted by the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development.
The informational sessions will detail changes made to the program during the 2016 legislative session and will provide key details about the application process.
Over the past two years, Lueck has worked tirelessly to increase rural broadband funding. This biennium’s state budget includes a historic investment totaling $45 million. That investment is more than double the previous two-year state budget total. Minnesota is expected to see well over $100 million in broadband investment in the next year alone when combined with federal and private funds.
"Tools are available to help improve rural broadband service," Lueck said. "With this unprecedented additional funding we can continue to move forward. These sessions will provide current information to help people better understand exactly how areas – such as ours – can benefit by accessing resources from the State Office of Broadband."
Three conference calls will be held:
Information presented will be the same across all of the meetings. Interested parties must register to participate by sending contact information including name, organization/community, address, email, and phone number to David.J.Thaos@state.mn.us or by calling 651-259-7442. Registration is required to obtain meeting access information.