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To close rural broadband gap, Minnesota communities consider public option

WASHINGTON — FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler opened to the door to more municipal networks this week, a system in place in parts of Minnesota for years.

As infrastructure expands, some municipalities are getting into the broadband game.
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REUTERS/File/Gary Cameron
FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said he would use his agency’s regulatory power to fight state laws that ban municipal broadband networks.
FiberNet Monticello
After a 2009 price war with private Internet providers, Monticello’s municipal network has had difficulty paying back bondholders.
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Connect Minnesota
In its 2013 report, Connect Minnesota mapped
broadband access across the state. Areas in
pink have access to high-speed broadband
while areas in yellow and blue have slower
access speeds, according to the group.
Click the map to view a larger version.
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