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Senator Tina Smith hopes Minnesota will lead in renewable energy

"As we think about what direction we're going with renewable fuels and clean energy, we can either lead or we can follow."

WASHINGTON (KVRR) – Senator Tina Smith is discussing plans to get Minnesota ahead in helping the nation lead through clean energy. Her plans involve getting the state to lead in a clean energy transition using renewable energy. Smith says the transition will help with the creation of jobs as well as helping keep utility prices stable, while also creating further…

North Dakota K-12 schools to receive funding for distance learning needs

BISMARCK, N.D.–North Dakota lawmakers approved more than $31 million in funding for K-12 schools on Thursday. The funding will support staffing needs, distance learning instruction in reading, English and math and provide broadband connections for families who do not currently have it. The state plans to divide the funding into three portions. $30 million will go towards an “Education Corps”…

Biden campaign pushes for improved broadband access in rural and tribal areas

By Samone Blair UNITED STATES – Former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign held a roundtable about rural and tribal broadband access Friday. “The Covid-19 crisis has revealed that Americans everywhere need universal, reliable, affordable and high-speed internet to do their jobs and participate equally in remote school learning,” Former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said. Biden’s Build Back Better economic…

MN Senator Tina Smith introduces broadband bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tina Smith has introduced the Community Connect Grant Program Act to connect Minnesotans and Americans to one another. She says in order to do that everyone must have access to affordable and reliable broadband services. This bill would create access to facilities to deploy broadband service, modernize minimum speed and keep pace with 21st century needs….

FCC Repeals Net Neutrality Rules

The agency's Democratic commissioners dissented in the 3-2 vote Thursday.

Washington, D.C. — The Federal Communications Commission has voted on party lines to undo sweeping Obama-era “net neutrality” rules that guaranteed equal access to internet. The agency’s Democratic commissioners dissented in the 3-2 vote Thursday. The FCC’s new rules could usher in big changes in how Americans use the internet. The agency got rid of rules that barred companies like…

Microsoft Launches Techspark Initiative

North Dakota is one of six states the program will be

FARGO, ND — North Dakota is one of six states Microsoft is launching its initiative “Techspark.” It aims to drive economic development by providing broadband internet to the entire state within the next five years. They also plan to do so by creating more computer science programs in North Dakota high schools. There are currently only three high schools in the…

Broadband Internet Coming to More Rural Minnesota Communities

More than 16,000 households, 2,200 businesses and 71 community organizations will benefit

  Minnesota State Officials announce more grants have been secured to help households and business in the state get broadband internet access. Officials say more than 16,000 households will be given access as well as 2,200 business and more than 70 community organizations. The expansion will also allow 42 projects across the state to be funded and given access. The…