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Dec 4, 2015

Broadband’s big day

Dayton pitches $100 million proposal for statewide service.

Nov 20, 2015

Rural areas chase growth via access to broadband

Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration will push the issue when lawmakers head back to the Capitol in March.

Sep 4, 2015

Franken hearing focuses on rural broadband needs

Sen. Al Franken pushed to get an understanding of rural broadband access at a roundtable event with the Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Apr 23, 2014

The Capitol Note: Senate passes cell-phone tracking regulations

The Senate passed a measure on Tuesday that would enhance the regulation of cell-phone tracking devices currently used by at least two law enforcement organizations in the state. The Senate version, however, was amended at the last minute to weaken the legal standard allowing only limited access to citizens' location information, according to privacy advocates

Aug 25, 2011

Dayton calls for broadband expansion

Gov. Mark Dayton has created a new task force that will look for ways to expand broadband service in Minnesota.

Jan 22, 2010

7 policy matters that will get serious play at the Capitol in 2010

State budget problems won't be the only issue taken up by lawmakers in 2010. A raft of policy issues are expected to get time in the relevant House and Senate committees this session.

Nov 6, 2009

There’s no state money for broadband, but there are plenty of lobbyists

Buried in the Minnesota Ultra High-Speed Broadband Task Force report released today is a long list of programs and tax incentives that other states have enacted to attract the capital needed to provide fast Internet download speeds to citizens and businesses.

Nov 5, 2009

Broadband task force to present recommendations

The state of Minnesota has gone from zero to $100 million on broadband in eight months. The Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program — administered by the very Office of Broadband Development that a House committee voted to zero out last April — should get $100 million when the Legislature convenes next year, Gov. Dayton said ...

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