House DFL leader Paul Thissen has planned two conversations about broadband in September in the cities of Aitkin and Palisade, respectively. Similar to meetings held in Willmar and Morris in August, these meetings will be an opportunity for local leaders and community members to discuss the need for better broadband and ways to improve access in Greater Minnesota.

Here is more information on the meetings (from the Blandin on Broadband blog):

  • On Thursday, Sept. 17 at 11:15 a.m. House DFL Leader Paul Thissen will hold a roundtable meeting at the Aitkin City Hall to hear from local officials and community leaders about the importance of expanding broadband service in Aitkin and throughout Greater Minnesota.
    WHO: House DFL Leader Paul Thissen, economic development representatives, and area broadband experts and advocates
    WHAT: Roundtable discussion on expanding broadband service in the Aitkin County area and other communities in Greater Minnesota
    WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 17 from 11:15 am – 12:30 pm
    WHERE: Aitkin City Hall, Conference Room
  • On Tuesday, Sept. 29th at 1 p.m. at the Long Lake Conservation Center, the Aitkin County Board of Commissioners will be holding a Committee of the Whole meeting with area broadband providers invited. The purpose of the meeting will be to have an open dialogue with the providers looking for specific actions we can make together to eventually bring Aitkin County up to the broadband speeds specified by the State of Minnesota.
    WHO: Aitkin County Board of Commissioners, providers invited.
    WHAT: Committee of the Whole meeting of the Commissioners for open discussion on how to increase broadband speed and availability in Aitkin County.
    WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 1 p.m.
    WHERE: Long Lake Conservation Center in the North Star Lodge, Palisade, MN