Duluth News Tribune: ‘Without strong broadband, rural communities will be left behind’: Minnesotans tell Congress

EXCERPT: “A pair of Minnesota business development leaders shared with members of Congress effective efforts they’d taken to boost broadband access in their communities and urged the panel build out the infrastructure that helps people connect to the internet. The comments came as the U.S. House Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy and Credit discussed broadband access in rural America and what could be done to connect more people to the internet. Medical, tribal, agriculture and local business officials from around the country told the panel about their efforts to boost broadband in their communities. And they said lack of access had made it harder to access important medical, farming and business resources, stunting potential growth in their communities. By contrast, David Hengel, executive director of Greater Bemidji, Inc., said local partnerships in his community helped make broadband in the Bemidji the ‘gold standard.’” FULL STORY: http://bit.ly/32jvd6R