Access Minnesota

28 June 2017

Access to Broadband

For the week of July 2, 2017

Many Americans take access to high-speed Internet connections for granted, but there are parts of the country—particularly in rural areas—that lack broadband service. Slow Internet speeds impede economic development and deprive consumers of educational and cultural resources. This week, a look at local and federal programs that help provide the funding to expand high-speed Internet service nationwide.

Guests: Stephen Kelley, Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs; Duane Ring, Century Link Midwest Regional President

  • Part 1 – 15:06

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    Almost a quarter of rural households in Minnesota lack access to adequate Internet speeds, says Stephen Kelley. Connecting these rural areas to high-speed Internet can lead to cost savings of around $10,000 a year for a household and provide better education and communication to all Minnesotans.

  • Part 2 – 11:28

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    Duane Ring from Century Link discusses his company’s plan to link rural Minnesota communities to broadband, but building and paying for the infrastructure can be a complicated and “daunting” situation, he says.

    For more information on Century Link and its services go to: centurylink.com or call 763-421-9373

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