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New bills aims to expand broadband internet across the Northern Minnesota

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ST. PAUL, MN -- A bill authored by a northland lawmaker would invest $120 million in expanding Minnesota's high speed internet access.

Rep. Rob Ecklund, a DFLer from International Falls, said the pandemic has only magnified an already existing need.

He hopes what would be one of the largest broadband investments in state history will help get people connected.

"If we pass this bill in some form, and then with some of the money from the federal COVID relief bill, I think we'll be pretty close to getting the broadband we need. Right now Minnesota has 157,000 households that are unserved," said Rep. Ecklund.

A house committee heard the bill Wednesday.

It now moves on to the Ways and Means Committee.

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