Representative Erik Simonson introduced a bill Thursday creating a Border-to-Border Broadband Infrastructure Fund, which would invest $100 million in effort to continue improving the state's broadband infrastructure.
Simonson, a Democrat from Duluth, says it's an important commitment to its broadband infrastructure.
Simonson says one study showed that, while 93 percent of Metro-area residents have access to broadband coverage, only 46 percent of households in Greater Minnesota do.
The initiative would fund a grant program to provide development incentives. Communities, co-ops, private providers or nonprofit would apply to the Office of Broadband to compete for funds, showing financial viability, community support, and local need.