The power of broadband infrastructure is undeniable. It’s one of the most important economic investments that cities, counties, states and our federal government need to think about today. Southwest Minnesota has been fortunate enough to receive funding for some from the state’s Office of Broadband Development.
Robust broadband infrastructure impacts everyone – Main Street merchants, farmers, schools, hospitals, law enforcement, manufacturers, local governments, and residents.
“The impact of broadband has allowed main street merchants to reach new target audiences, increase their shipping to other parts of America and overseas and market their goods and services to new places,” said Scott Marquardt, SWIF’s Vice President, who has been a leader in broadband work across the state.
There are stories from farmers who have been able to do great things at their farm due to broadband increasing efficiency; investing in technology has created greater prosperity for their farm and their community.
According to Scott, “Investments in broadband infrastructure are essential for our rural communities and businesses to remain viable and competitive in a global economy.”
He appreciates the investments made by internet service providers in our region and funding support that our region has received over the past four years, assisting with the development of these critical projects.
If your community is hosting planning conversations regarding broadband, get involved!