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Money should be put into broadband [UPDATED]

Published 6:55am Monday, April 14, 2014 Updated 8:56am Monday, April 14, 2014

The bill in the Legislature to help fund the broadband Internet structure to allow more rural Minnesota residents to receive broadband makes abundant sense, especially in Otter Tail County.

The fact is, Otter Tail County’s 1,000 lakes, and the reasonably-priced property on them, is a huge economic development asset. Many would be willing to move to Otter Tail County to live and work out of a lake home, and the ever-increasing technological advances make that a possibility for more and more people.

However, having high-speed Internet will be the key to making such a move feasible. And right now, Internet for many lake residents is limited to dial-up, satellite service, or radio antenna service, and none offer the combination of speed and affordability that broadband Internet service provides.

Having Internet service in the lakes area with the same capabilities as that of cities could create future economic development opportunities no one has even thought of yet. In some form, it’s critical the Legislature provide the relatively small sum of $25 million to help get the process started.

 

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