Broadband Task Force



The Governor's Task Force on Broadband develops policies to promote the expansion of broadband access throughout Minnesota.

The task force is responsible for developing an action plan to identify and correct disparities in access and adoption of broadband in all Minnesota communities, with a goal of ensuring that homes, schools, hospitals, and businesses have access to the technology and information resources they need.

Annual Reports

2012 Annual Report and Broadband Plan

This report and plan includes policy recommendations to promote the expansion of broadband access in Minnesota. It 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.

2012 Status Report and Policy Recommendations

This document provides a compilation of baseline information the task force used 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.

Minnesota Broadband Plan Outline

This document fulfills the second deliverable required of the broadband task force: The filing of a Broadband Plan Outline by January 31, 2012.

Task Force Members

Members of the task force represent a balance of broadband interests, including consumers, business and residential users, educational and health care institutions, traditional telephone and cable companies, wireless providers as well as metro and rural local government units. Members include:

Margaret Anderson Kelliher

Hannah Buckland
Leech Lake Tribal College

Denise Dittrich
MN School Boards Association

Kevin Hansen
Thomson Reuters

Shannon Heim

Maureen Ideker
Essentia Health

Bernadine Joselyn
Blandin Foundation

Steve Lewsader

Neela Mollgaard
Red Wing Ignite

Donald Niles
City of Wadena 

Jody Reisch
Rock County

Daniel Richter

Andrew Schriner

Richard Sjoberg
Sjoberg’s Cable

Paul Weirtz

Meeting Schedule

May 24, 2016

501 Shenandoah
Shakopee, Minnesota 55379

June 15, 2016


July 6, 2016


August 17, 2016


September 7, 2016


October 5, 2016


November 2, 2016


December 15, 2016


Meeting Minutes and Materials