Mark Dayton

House bill would make money available to satellite broadband

Minnesota lawmakers were considering ways Thursday to improve internet speed in rural areas.

Gov. Mark Dayton is seeking another $30 million to improve high-speed internet in rural areas. Republicans, who control the Legislature, say they'll support about half that.

More than 250,000 rural Minnesotans lack access to fast internet, according to the state agency that oversees broadband internet grants. That makes it difficult for businesses, residents, schools and hospitals to keep up with modern demands.

"We live our lives online," said Rep. Sandy Layman, a Republican from Cohasset who's sponsoring a bill that would partly fund the state's broadband grant...