High-speed internet is the subject of the next five-county meeting



Everyone depends on the Internet for school, business, government, recreation, healthcare, and more. This has become even more evident over the past year with distance education students and businesses large and small moving their employees to remote working – retirees have even scheduled Zoom telemedicine appointments. for the first time. While internet connections were unreliable 24/7, residents and businesses scrambled to find access.

This has led those who live or work in Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd, or Wadena counties to wonder if their area doesn’t have internet access or if it has the internet speeds they need.

To discuss these issues and more, the Region Five Development Commission (R5DC) is hosting a Virtual Zoom in Local Broadband Access event from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on September 30. In-person participation is also available at any of the five locations. The purpose of the event is to organize as a region to secure federal funding for local high speed internet. Anyone who lives or works in the Five County area is invited.

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Zoom event: Local broadband access

7-8:30 p.m. on September 30

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“We want residents of our five-county area to bring their internet access stories, frustrations and ideas to our broadband event,” said Cheryal Lee Hills, Executive Director of R5DC. “A key factor in improving regional broadband access is finding out what the needs are and learning how people manage or do not manage to access the Internet. “

Several regional broadband events will be held statewide, leading up to the Blandin Foundation’s annual “Building on Broadband” meeting in October, which will focus on the need for reliable high-speed internet across the country. ‘State.

“American Recovery Act funds are available for broadband expansion in areas of our five-county region where broadband internet is not currently available, but we need to be organized to access and use the. funding, ”Hills said. “Getting together on September 30 and listening to the stories of other people who have difficulty accessing the Internet is a great start. This will help highlight the need for reliable high-speed internet access for such a large number of residents in our region of five counties and beyond. Regional broadband can be improved when we all work together.

Join the event broadband via Zoom or in person from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on September 30. A link will be emailed to those who register. The event is open to anyone interested in discussing the current high speed Internet in their area and ways to expand it by accessing federal funding.

To attend the event, virtually or in person, register at: https://r5fiber.eventbrite.com. To attend in person, select one of these locations when registering:


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