On November 7, 2011, Governor Mark Dayton appointed 15 members to a Governor’s Task Force on Broadband. The Task Force, which was established by Executive Order 11-27, is charged with developing policies to promote the expansion of broadband access in Minnesota. Governor Dayton’s stated goal is “border-to-border” high speed Internet and cell phone access throughout Minnesota.
The Task Force will develop an action plan for identifying and correcting disparities in access and adoption of Broadband in all Minnesota communities – urban, rural, and suburban. That action plan will help ensure that residential homes, schools, hospitals, and businesses have access to the technology and information resources they need to thrive in a global economy.
The Minnesota Department of Commerce, which houses the state’s Broadband Development Office, works closely with the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband.
Meeting agendas, minutes and documents of the task force are posted below. Also, you can view the 2011 task force report for more detailed information.
Minnesota Broadband Plan Outline (.pdf): This document fulfills the second deliverable of the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband created by Governor Mark Dayton under Executive Order #11-27 and requiring the filing of a Broadband Plan Outline by January 31, 2012.
2012 Status Report and Policy Recommendations (.pdf): This document provides a compilation of baseline information the Task Force will use in preparing the 2012 Annual Report and Broadband Plan. In addition, this report includes specific recommendations for policymakers and stakeholders to consider and stakeholders to consider.
Annual Report and Broadband Plan (December 2012 - .pdf)
This Report and Plan includes policy recommendations to promote the expansion of broadband access in Minnesota. The report also identifies adoption and access to disparities throughout the state and outlines the benefits of universal broadband access to the state’s economy, including more efficient delivery of healthcare, education, and government services.