Reliable broadband internet access is essential infrastructure needed by cities to compete in the global digital economy. The city's comprehensive plan, Imagine Duluth 2035, includes a policy recommendation to ensure high-speed broadband availability citywide to foster growth of existing and new employers, with initial priority in Core Investment Areas.
Disparities in access to high speed internet and the gap between those who have ready access to computers and the internet and those who do not, referred to as the digital divide, severely impacts economic and educational opportunities for citizens.
As opportunities created by the internet increase, so do inequities for those who do not have access to participate in the global digital world.
The city envisions broadband internet for all residents that is founded upon four ideals: equity, performance, affordability, and privacy. These ideals can be used as a measure for success and as design parameters for the city's approach to broadband infrastructure and services.
The Duluth city council will evaluate the current state of broadband service and provide recommendations for significantly improving broadband access in Duluth, including serving underserved communities, consistent with the goals of the Imagine Duluth 2035 comprehensive plan.
New (6/8/22). A Digital Access Master Plan will be issued late June 2022. The plan will evaluate the possibility of taking ownership of digital access policy and infrastructure needs in Duluth through its Digital Infrastructure Pilot Project and subsequent actions.