Monday, November 23, 2009

Minnesota wants all state residents able to telecommute by 2015

Minnesota has established a functionality-based broadband goal: all residents of the state should be able telecommute -- work from home -- by 2015. That would require advanced telecommunications infrastructure able to allow them to video conference, according to Rick King, COO of Thomson Reuters, who chaired the Minnesota High Speed Broadband Task Force. That functional definition translates to download speeds of 10-20 Mbs and upload speeds of 5-10 Mbs, reports mnsun.com.

The federal government and other states, particularly those with major commuter congestion and especially those like California looking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, should look to Minnesota. It has taken a major step forward in defining what advanced telecommunications infrastructure should enable without getting caught up in the feeds and speeds debate over how "broadband" should be defined.

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