Wednesday, June 10, 2009 By Aaron Brown
Broadband is not the Internet. Broadband is shorthand for a diverse class of wired and wireless digital transmission technologies. The Internet, in contrast, is a set of public protocols for inter-networking systems that specifies how data packets are structured and processed. Broadband technologies, at their essence, are high-capacity and always-on.This means we aren't just talking about faster Facebooking in the woods. We're talking about a way to broadcast a professional media presentation to clients all over the world from anywhere you want to live. And isn't northern Minnesota a great place to live? (Or southern Minnesota, for you flatlanders). I won't sit here and say that the possibilities are endless. But they are enormous and measurable and why a place like the Iron Range isn't pushing HARD for these kinds of technologies is baffling. Remind me again why increasing broadband connectivity in the Taconite Tax Relief Area (public or private) is not being discussed in any public setting. This is job #1 if the Range is going to be a part of the 21st century economy. And if you don't know what I'm talking about ask the kids or grandkids you wish could live on the Iron Range.