Gov. Walz Renews Broadband Task Force

A task force made up of a diverse group of stakeholders, including cities, will continue to advise lawmakers on broadband policy to keep the state moving toward meeting its speed goals.
(Published Apr 15, 2019)

Gov. Tim Walz issued Executive Order 19-10 last week to renew the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband. The Executive Order highlighted the need for a multi-stakeholder group—including city representation—to continue advising the executive and legislative branches on broadband strategy and policy.

Central to the task force’s charge will be determining how the state achieves its goal of connecting all Minnesota homes and businesses to broadband that provides speeds of at least 25 megabits per second (Mbps) download and 3 Mbps upload by 2022.

The task force will provide an in-depth annual report and will once again consist of 15 members who are appointed by the governor that have experience or interest in broadband. The Executive Order also expressly mentions that local government interests in broadband matters must be represented on the task force.

Applications to serve on the task force have not yet been released, but interested city officials should begin considering the opportunity to provide valuable local government insight on an issue impacting cities across the state.

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