The East Central Regional Library and all 14 of its branch libraries across six counties are encouraging community members to sign their support for equal Internet access to all.
By putting their name to the Minnesota Broadband Vision, residents of all generations and backgrounds are letting their local legislators know that access to affordable, high-quality broadband needs to be available in rural areas, too, for new opportunities in education, health care and the economy of tomorrow. Already supporting the initiative have been cities, counties and stakeholders including the East Central Regional Library, which is encouraging the Minnesota Legislature and governor to provide sufficient leadership, resources and legal framework to ensure the state of Minnesota achieves this vision by 2020.
In addition, ECRL encourages local residents to share their “broadband story” in terms of how limited Internet access has affected their quality of life and livelihood. Perhaps you or your child is unable to do homework. Or maybe your home business is struggling to provide a service, even as simple as printing a single document. We want to hear your stories.
Sheets designated for signatures and “broadband stories” can be found at your local ECRL library or take the online survey here until March 26.
The Blandin Foundation, Minnesota Office of Broadband Development and many other stakeholders across the state developed the Minnesota Broadband Vision at last year’s Border to Border Broadband: Better Together conference. The mission: “Everyone in Minnesota will be able to use convenient, affordable world-class broadband networks that enable us to survive and thrive in our communities and across the globe.”
Sign your support and share your “broadband story” today. For more information on this initiative, contact your local ECRL library or visit https://staging.ecrlib.org.