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Tim Mahoney

House GOP: Schools, rural Minnesota need broadband most

House Republicans say funding Wi-Fi hotspots for students and leveraging federal grants for broadband Internet development are the best ways to reach underserved communities in Minnesota, but Democrats argue the plan doesn't go far enough.

A group of Republican lawmakers on Wednesday outlined a $35 million proposal for faster Internet in the state, including $7 million for school Internet grants and $28 million for rural broadband expansion.

"This is critical: Minnesotans are going to see a historic amount of broadband infrastructure investment in this year," said Rep. Ron Kresha, a Republican from Little Falls.

Also on Wednesday, Senate Democrats...

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