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Office of Broadband Development to host informational calls

Rep. Ron Kresha, R-Little Falls, is encouraging local officials and other broadband stakeholders to participate in a series of upcoming webinars and conference calls hosted by the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development, a release said. The inf...

Rep. Ron Kresha, R-Little Falls, is encouraging local officials and other broadband stakeholders to participate in a series of upcoming webinars and conference calls hosted by the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development, a release said. The informational sessions will detail changes made to the program during the 2016 legislative session, and will provide key details about the application process.

Over the past two years, Kresha led the charge to approve historic investments in broadband funding totaling $45 million in funding over the next two years-more than double the amount approved in 2013-2014, the release said. When combined with federal and private funds, Minnesota is expected to see well over $100 million in broadband investment in the next year alone.

"It's important for our unserved and underserved areas of the state to gain access to reliable, high-speed internet," Kresha said. "These webinars are a great resource for interested stakeholders and local officials to gain knowledge on broadband changes, and ways to apply for grants."

The conference calls will be held:

โ€ข June 23, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

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โ€ข June 30, 8 a.m.-10 a.m.

โ€ข July 13, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.

โ€ข July 13, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Information presented will be the same across all four meetings. Interested parties must register to participate by sending contact information including name, organization/community, address, email, and phone number to David.J.Thaos@state.mn.us or by calling 651-259-7442. Registration is required to obtain meeting access information.

Those interested can also contact Rep. Kresha's office for assistance with registration by calling 651-296-4247 or emailing rep.ron.kresha@house.mn .

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