The 15-member task force is charged with coming up with a plan involving both greater availability of high-speed Internet in all parts of the state and greater use of broadband by state residents, particularly among those groups that use the Internet less than others — older people, low-income people and some minorities.
Task force members include:
- Margaret Anderson Kelliher – director of the Minnesota High Tech Association, former MN House Speaker and MN legislator.
- Shirley Walz – senior director of technology for Thomson Reuters.
- Bernadine Joselyn – director of public policy and engagement for the Blandin Foundation.
- Steve Lewsader – president of the Communication Workers of America, Local 7201.
- Duane Ring – president of the nine-state Midwest Region of CenturyLink.
- Gary Evans – chief executive officer of Hiawatha Broadband Company.
- Dick Sjoberg, Sjoberg’s Cable, a telecommunications provider in Thief River Falls.
- Daniel Richter, President of MVTV Wireless, a wireless broadband provider based in Granite Falls.
- Danna MacKenzie – director of information systems for Cook County.
- Maureen Ideker – director of Telehealth, Essentia Health.
- Matt Grose – superintendent, Deer River Public Schools.
- Steve Peterson – Bloomington City Council.
- Bob Bass – Bloomington, AT&T Wireless.
- Keith Modglin – information systems director for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.
- Bao Vang – president and chief operating officer of the Hmong-American Partnership.
The task force is a two-year appointment but is expected to come up with an early set of recommendations for the Legislature early in 2012.