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Minn. committee gets update on broadband effort

Published 9:43am Wednesday, January 30, 2013

ST. PAUL — Broadband Internet is the focus of a state Senate hearing, where members are anticipating an update on Gov. Mark Dayton’s goal of bringing high-speed Internet to more places.

The Senate Committee on Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development received its status report today.

Dayton has been pressing to expand the availability and affordability of broadband Internet. A task force he convened issued its recommendations last year and Dayton is proposing to create a Broadband Development Office within the Department of Commerce.

Former House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, who led Dayton’s task force, was due to testify.