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invested in broadband infrastructure
and adoption in Minnesota =
$10 returned in direct and spinoff impacts to the
~Strategic Network Group Study, 2014
Dakota County has reduced its annual
telecom bills from $700,000 to
$15,000 by building their fiber
network and having the state manage
Minnesota Ranks 21
Rank State Average Broadband Speed (Mbps)
1 DC 19.5
2 Delaware 18.5
3 Utah 16.2
4 Massachusetts 16.2
5 Rhode Island 15.7
21 Minnesota 12.9
“Lack of broadband is hurting our youth
hockey! Prospective parent volunteers aren’t
able to do the online training to be coaches.”
Traci Gangl, hockey mom in Grand Rapids
Minimum CAF2 standard is
10 Mb/1 Mb
compared to proposed new
100/20 state standard.
“Our customer base is worldwide and we rely on
the Internet for 100 percent of our customers. Our
growth would not be possible without the
Natural Space Domes
Wi-Fi networks provide only the last few
feet of a network; the rest relies on
“It’s hard to do Township work
without broadband. ”
~ Patty Bauchard, Ripley Township
Fiber networks are up to 35% cheaper to
maintain than copper networks. They do
not break as easily, and last longer than
People want to move to
our area, but can’t
because of the lack of
Patty Bauchard Ripley Township
A high-speed internet connect can
increase an average home’s value by
“ A business won’t start up or expand
if there’s not broadband access.”
Matt Kilian, President, Brainerd Lakes Area
Chamber of Commerce
“We’d be much better stewards of the land if we
had better broadband technology.”
~ presenter at Farm fest
“We can take health care to the next level
when we have broadband access.”
~ Bryan Linnick, Redwood Area Hospital
markets its 25 Mbps
download speeds as its “starter” service.
Mbps as the “right” bandwidth for a tech savvy
How far can a Gig go?
On Copper (300 feet) On Fiber (35 miles)
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