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The internet is the backbone of the economy.

Unfortunately, too many people and businesses in Greater Minnesota lack access to the broadband service needed to fully engage in the regional, national, and international economies, as well as social and community life.

The state has a goal for all Minnesotans to have access to high-quality broadband with 100MBPS download speed and 20MBPS upload speed by 2026. In the seven metro-area counties, more than 98% of properties have access to broadband service that meets the state goal. In Greater Minnesota, counties range from 99% access to less than 30%. The GMNP supports full funding of the 2026 goal, as well as policies designed to address the needs of underserved properties.

In the 2023 legislative session, the GMNP helped secure $125 million for the Border-to-Border Broadband Grant Program. These grants help cover the cost of the broadband infrastructure needed to connect businesses and homes to high-speed Internet.