The Minnesota Broadband Task Force is set to meet again on Tuesday, October 16th. This meeting will be held at the MacPhail School of Music in Minneapolis starting at 10am. (Meeting agenda)
Meeting minutes from the previous meeting, held Tuesday September 11, 2012 in Thief River Falls, MN.
Governor’s Task Force on Broadband
Northland Community and Technical College
1101 Hwy 1 East, Room 735, Thief River Falls, MN
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Task Force members present: Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Gary Evans, Matt Grose, Maureen Ideker, Bernadine Joselyn, Steve Lewsader, Danna MacKenzie, Steve Peterson, Duane Ring, Dick Sjoberg, and Shirley Walz.
Task Force members on telephone: Bob Bass, Dan Richter, Bao Vang
Task Force members absent: Keith Modglin.
Others in attendance: Bill Hoffman, Diane Wells, Joanna Dornfeld, Dennis Ahlers, Ann Treacy, JoAnne Johnson, Andy Schriner
I. Welcome/Public Comments/Approve Meeting Minutes
Chair Margaret Anderson Kelliher welcomed everyone and gave an overview of the meeting schedule for the day.
Dick Sjoberg, task force member and from Thief River Falls, thanked everyone for coming to northwestern Minnesota and provided some background and history on the city.
There were no public comments.
Motion by Danna MacKenzie to approve the minutes. Second by Maureen Ideker. Motion approved.
II. Welcome by Northland Community and Technical College
Steve Crittenden, dean of the Thief River Falls campus of Northland Community and Technical College, provided information on the college, including its growing diversity, leading programs (healthcare, unmanned aerial program, liberal arts), and size.
III. Review Final September Report Draft
The task force went through the report page by page with comments and edits. At the conclusion, motion by Gary Evans and second by Matt Grose to approve the report with the edits as discussed. Motion approved.
IV. Michelle Landsverk, Impact 20/20
Ms. Landsverk explained that the Impact 20/20 organization is a group of influential leaders in the region working for the area’s economic success. The focus areas are education, work force and broadband. She explained efforts that have been undertaken in each of the focus areas. For broadband, the work group looked at each county in the region, set goals, worked to develop the case for broadband in northwestern Minnesota, created a brochure, blogged, created an action alert list, wrote letters to the FCC, communicated with local legislators, and created a speakers bureau—advocating, influencing, communicating. The broadband group is now looking at broadband utilization. The organization’s website is www.impact2020.org.
V. Jack Geller, University of Minnesota at Crookston
Mr. Geller provided the following PowerPoint: Tuesday, September 11 Meeting Presentation
Mr. Geller responded to questions from Task Force members related to mobile capabilities and usage, mobile broadband adoption rates for certain groups, the purpose of computers (originally for fast calculations) and the ease of use presented by other equipment (iPads, for example)
VI. Public Comments
VII. Other Business/Upcoming Meetings.
Chair Kelliher thanked everyone for attending the meeting. Motion by Maureen Ideker and second by Shirley Walz to adjourn the business portion of the meeting. Motion passed.
VIII. Tour of Digi-Key
Digi-Key provided an approximately 90 minute overview by Tony Harris, Chief Marketing Officer, and tour at their facility at 701 Brooks Avenue South in Thief River Falls. Task Force members attending included: Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Bernadine Joselyn, Maureen Ideker, Steve Peterson, Duane Ring, Dick Sjoberg and Shirley Walz. Others in attendance were Bill Hoffman, Diane Wells, Joanna Dornfeld, Dennis Ahlers, Ann Treacy and Andrew Schriner.