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New FCC broadband maps are agency’s last chance to resolve Minnesota's digital divide

Portrait of Professor Terry sitting outside with trees and grass in the background.
Professor Christopher Terry

Access to reliable broadband internet is a longstanding issue in Minnesota. Previous broadband maps commissioned by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) tied access to census data, which doesn’t provide an accurate view of broadband access in Greater Minnesota. Now, the FCC is releasing new broadband deployment maps that could significantly impact Minnesota’s economy. 

Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication Professor Christopher Terry can speak to the potential impact of the FCC’s newly-released broadband maps.

Christopher Terry

“More than 4,600 days after the Federal Communications Commission launched its National Broadband Plan, the agency is finally trying to correct its shortcomings of the last decade by more accurately mapping broadband deployment. The updated data will be used to make grants intended to resolve the digital divide across Minnesota in urban, rural and even Tribal areas. This is the agency’s last chance to achieve universal broadband deployment, and the success or failure of the FCC will have long term impacts on Minnesota's economy.”

Christopher Terry is an assistant professor of journalism and media law in the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication and is currently studying broadband policy as a Thrust Four Fellow with the Center for Quantum Networks.  His research and expertise covers a wide range of media regulation and policy topics including media and minority ownership, political advertising, online content regulation, free expression and digital media law.

Christopher Terry, [email protected] 


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