I’ve written a little bit on Ground Level about how broadband access to the Internet is really a story unfolding one community at a time. So it will be interesting to see Monday what the Pew Center on the States has to say about the topic.
Pew is releasing a report that “will show a growing number of states are stepping up efforts to expand high-quality broadband–or high-speed Internet — in the wake of the federal government’s national broadband plan and the availability of stimulus funds.”
That’s the word from a press release today. The report will highlight what it considers models, both in terms of making access better and in terms of how the Internet can deliver services in education, health care and other fields.
Federal stimulus money has starting flowing to Minnesota on both those fronts, everything from spreading Windom’s fiber wiring to nearby towns to the Blandin Foundation helping communities make better use of the Internet.