The Task Force


As stated in SF1918, the mission of the Minnesota Ultra High-Speed Broadband Taskforce is to make recommendations to the governor and legislature regarding the creation of a statewide high-speed Internet access goal, and a plan for implementation by 2015.

The Taskforce comprises 26 members selected from rural and urban constituencies. The members represent a broad array of viewpoints and concerns, including those of:

  • Business and residential Internet users
  • Health care institutions
  • The education system
  • Telephone and cable companies, large and small
  • Wireless Internet service providers
  • Communications industry labor organizations
  • State, county, city and municipal government and governmental agencies
  • Concerned citizens statewide

Like similar initiatives in other states, the Minnesota Ultra High-Speed Taskforce acts in an advisory capacity to identify the level of broadband service needed and to determine appropriate goal regarding technical and financial aspects of statewide broadband Internet access, such as:

  • Future needs regarding connection speeds for sending and receiving data
  • Security vulnerability and redundancy concerns
  • Economic development opportunities and cooperation between the public and private sectors
  • Estimated costs and benefits
  • Impact on education, health care, government, community-based organizations and the public

Please connect with the Taskforce to share your comments, questions and concerns. Please direct all comments concerning legislation to your House Member or State Senator.

Continue reading to learn more about the Taskforce members