The Minnesota Rural Broadband Coalition is pleased that there’s bi-partisan support at the State Capitol this session for statewide access to convenient, affordable broadband.

But spokeswoman Judy Erickson is still encouraging people in greater Minnesota to, “Contact their individual legislators and let them know how important investments in broadband are to them, that it’s for their future, whether it’s telemedicine, whether it’s the schools, whether it’s agriculture, whether it’s rural businesses.”

Erickson says grants totaling more than $51 million are being proposed but, “The largest roadblock that anyone who’s working at the legislature this year and is looking for investments is that there’s just a lot of competition for public dollars.”

Last year, the Legislature provided $20 million in one-time funding, and there were over $70 million in grant applications statewide.