Yesterday I was on the road with Bill Coleman. It’s interesting to take a look at the frontlines when I spend so much time looking at the research and watching policymakers and planners. He met with various stakeholders in a 5 county region (Aitkin, Carlton, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine Counties) interested in a regional approach to expanding broadband in their area. This is the second time the group has met on the topic. The focus was on goals and first steps.
The situation in the region is that the cities have decent access but the folks outside of the cities don’t. That is similar to other communities but that statement only tells half of the tale. When only the cities are served it means that up to 95 percent of the surface area is un/underserved and 70 percent of the residents are un/underserved. It reinforces the importance of a regional approach to broadband deployment – especially to reach the Minnesota broadband goal of ubiquitous broadband coverage.
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