Thanks Jeff Hoel for proving the transcript for the episode 136 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast with Dan Dorman on non-metro Minnesota's need for high speed Internet connectivity. Listen to this episode here.
Dan Dorman: With some of my more conservative former members that say it's a private free market, I generally try to remind them, you know, if you're going to have a free market -- and you believe in the free market -- you have to have at least three competitors. And in most places in Greater Minnesota, there's one.
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Our guests often include CIOs, municipal utility managers, or other people with extensive technical expertise. Well, this week, Chris interviews a leader in economic development advocacy. Dan Dorman is a business owner and Executive Director of the Greater Minnesota Partnership. He's also served as a member of the state legislature. Dan's unique perspective gives him insight into the needs of Minnesota businesses. And at the top of that list is better connectivity. Working as an elected official at the state level, Dan also saw the influence of big cable and telecom lobbyists. Chris and Dan discuss the Greater Minnesota Partnership and the critical need for better connectivity in the parts of the state beyond the urban center. They address the challenge that lawmakers face. And Dan offers suggestions for improving connectivity, including creating an environment where municipalities are allowed to step in and serve local communities.
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Now, here are Chris and Dan Dorman, from the Greater Minnesota Partnership.
Chris Mitchell: Welcome to another edition of the Community Broadband Bits Podcast. I'm Chris Mitchell. Today, I'm speaking with Dan Dorman, the Executive Director of the Greater Minnesota Partnership. He's a small business owner, and a former representative...Read more