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FCC to Hear from Minnesotans on Future of Internet


Tue, Aug 3rd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS - The Federal Communications Commission's Michael Copps and Mignon Clyburn will meet with the public at a hearing on the future of the Internet in Minneapolis on Aug. 19.

WHAT: Public Hearing on the Future of the Internet

DATE: Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010

TIME: 6:00 p.m.

LOCATION: South High School Auditorium, 3131 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN

The event, co-hosted by Free Press, Main Street Project and the Center for Media Justice, is free and will include comments from the public.

"In Minnesota, the Internet has become an increasingly critical platform for jobs, education and health care," said Steven Renderos, media justice organizer at Main Street Project. "It is important that the FCC step up to preserve the open Internet because without it, we risk further marginalizing the communities that need it the most."

A recent court decision left the FCC's authority over Internet providers in legal limbo. Without this authority, the agency cannot protect Net Neutrality, the principle that guarantees free speech online, and cannot ensure that every American has access to affordable broadband service.

"The FCC recently announced that up to 24 million Americans don't have access to broadband," said amalia deloney, grassroots policy director for the Center for Media Justice. "The exclusion of millions of people from the defining technology of our time only widens the existing gulf between those that have and those that don't. Everyday people like you and me must have a voice in shaping the future of the Internet. This hearing will give members of the public the chance to communicate their ideas, experiences and concerns directly to the commissioners."

In a recent speech, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken called Net Neutrality "the free speech issue of our time." Without Net Neutrality, the Internet could go the way of TV and radio, dominated by only the largest companies, with higher prices, fewer choices and more limited access for consumers.

"The debate over the future of the Internet is at a critical moment, and now is the time to make your voice heard," said Josh Silver, president of Free Press. "Net Neutrality and free speech online are at risk, and right now the only people at the table with the FCC in this debate are lobbyists for the phone and cable giants. The FCC needs to hear from the public so that Comcast, AT&T and Verizon cannot choose winners and losers online."

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Rumble strip installation scheduled in Fillmore County

Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Motorists can expect brief lane closures as crews install rumble strips in Fillmore County beginning Monday, August 2. Flaggers will control traffic during the lane closures.

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NRDC's 20th Annual Beach Report: More Contaminants, Fewer Advisories for Minnesota's Lake Superior Beaches in 2009

Wed, Jul 28th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Duluth, Minnesota (July 28, 2010) - Pollution continues to contaminate the water at America's beaches, causing 99 advisory days for Minnesota's Lake Superior beaches last year and 18,682 closing and advisory days nationwide. Meanwhile, as of July 23, ..... 
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Minnesota Trucking Related Fatalities: Lowest in 10 Years

Mon, Jul 26th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Continuing a downward trend, cars and trucks collided less often in Minnesota during the past year than any year in the last decade.

According to statistics reported in the latest edition of Minnesota Motor Vehicle Crash Facts, published by th ..... 
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Minnesota Weekly Gas Price Update

Mon, Jul 12th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minnesota, MN, July 12- Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 3.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.64/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.71 ..... 
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Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher re-elected to national union post

Mon, Jul 12th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn., July 12, 2010: Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher has been re-elected as a vice president with the American Federation of Teachers. Dooher was re-elected to the post during the AFT's 81st biennial convention in Seattle, WA, whi ..... 
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MDA urges homeowners to follow EAB quarantine rules as they clean up after storms

Tue, Jun 29th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As Minnesotans clean up after recent storms, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is reminding residents of Hennepin, Ramsey and Houston Counties to avoid moving ash trees and branches out of their counties due to the risk ..... 
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MCDONALD'S® & KEMPS HOST OPEN DOOR DAYS TO SUPPORT FARMERS in SOUTHEASTERN MN

Tue, Jun 29th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

June 28, 2010 - Area Southeastern Minnesota McDonald's restaurants and one of its trusted suppliers, Kemps, are teaming up to help spread the message of the importance of dairy to our community.



One of the ways McDonald's will increas ..... 
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Parents Can Get Tax Credit for Sending Kids to Day Camp

Tue, Jun 29th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Many working parents need to arrange for care for their children when school is out. A popular solution - with a tax benefit - is a day camp program.



The Internal Revenue Service reminds parents that the cost of day camp ma ..... 
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