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U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, right, leads a panel discussion on broadband Internet expansion Monday at the State Capitol. Also pictured is Tony Mayer of West Central Telephone Cooperative, Jeff Hunt of Park Rapids schools and state Rep. Brita Sailer, DFL-Park Rapids. (Scott Wente/St. Paul Bureau)

Case made for Internet upgrade funds

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ST. PAUL - Some rural Minnesota school children cannot use certain learning tools, while their classmates can.

Small businesses have difficulty competing because they cannot send files electronically.


Tourists take a pass on resorts that cannot offer a high-speed link to the working world.

Medical clinics see ways to improve care, but cannot provide the services to patients.

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