MSBA’s Denise Dittrich: Student access to broadband “is as important as textbooks”

MSBA Associate Director of Government Relations Denise Dittrich and U.S. Sen. Al Franken joined other state leaders in a round table discussion on broadband Thursday, September 3. Other attendees included: Katie Clark Sieben (Commissioner of Minnesota Department of Employment and Development), Brent Christensen (Minnesota Telecom Alliance), Colleen Landkamer and Tom Jensen (U.S. Department of Agriculture), Jim Beattie (Bevcomm), Tyler Middleton (CenturyLink), Shannon Heim (Dykema), JoAnne Johnson (Minnesota Public Broadband Alliance), Gary Pedersen (Minnesota Association of Townships), Bill Coleman (Blandin Foundation), Steve Lewsadwer (Communications Workers of America) , John Dukich (Minnesota High Tech Association), Bill Jensen (Mediacom and president of the Minnesota Cable Association) and Danna MacKenzie (Office of Broadband Development).

MSBA Associate Director of Government Relations Denise Dittrich and U.S. Sen. Al Franken joined other state leaders in a round table discussion on broadband Thursday, September 3.
Other attendees included: Katie Clark Sieben (Commissioner of Minnesota Department of Employment and Development), Brent Christensen (Minnesota Telecom Alliance), Colleen Landkamer and Tom Jensen (U.S. Department of Agriculture), Jim Beattie (Bevcomm), Tyler Middleton (CenturyLink), Shannon Heim (Dykema), JoAnne Johnson (Minnesota Public Broadband Alliance), Gary Pedersen (Minnesota Association of Townships), Bill Coleman (Blandin Foundation), Steve Lewsadwer (Communications Workers of America) , John Dukich (Minnesota High Tech Association), Bill Jensen (Mediacom and president of the Minnesota Cable Association) and Danna MacKenzie (Office of Broadband Development).

Denise Dittrich, MSBA Associate Director of Government, was quoted in a recent Duluth News Tribune story (written by Don Davis of Forum News Service).

Dittrich attended a round table meeting Thursday — along with U.S. Sen. Al Franken and other leaders — to discuss the need for broadband in rural areas.

Here’s an excerpt:

Students without adequate internet connections are left behind, former state Rep. Denise Dittrich, now with the Minnesota Association of School Boards, told the gathering. “For every child now to have access to a high-quality education requires technology.”

“It is as important as textbooks,” she added.

Visit http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/3831748-broadband-important-textbooks for the full article.

Dittrich also represents school boards members on Gov. Mark Dayton’s Task Force on Broadband.

The Blandin Foundation also posted a related story (with some video footage) at http://blandinonbroadband.org/2015/09/04/sen-franken-broadband-roundtable-everyone-wants-it-but-who-pays-for-it-who-builds-it-who-manages-it.

 

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