Did you know there was an FCC “Midwest Rural Tour” going on this week? I sure didn’t. The FCC, and more importantly, the Public Utilities Commission, should have broadcast this far and wide, particularly to those docket service lists where Over the Air broadcast and internet, broadband, and phone access and service are at issue. Of course the last one in Minnesota was yesterday. Today and tomorrow, a couple more in Wisconsin. Note they’re meeting “privately” with local leaders. Great… open meeting, anyone?

Here are the FCC Contacts:


Keyla Hernandez-Ulloa

Alma Hughes

Chantal Virgile

Here’s the poop, cut and pasted from their site (LINKED HERE):

Tour Schedule:

All events listed below are free and open to the public unless noted otherwise.

Day 1:  Monday, 6/24

  • 9:30 am
    Presentation at the Chaska Community Center – Download Event Flyer
    1661 Park Ridge Drive, Chaska, MN 55318
  • 1:00 pm
    Presentation at Nicollet County Health and Human Services – Download Event Flyer
    622 South Front St., St. Peter, MN 56082
  • Meetings with local leaders in Blue Earth County, MN; Chaska, MN and Le Sueur, MN – closed to the general public

Day 2:  Tuesday, 6/25

  • 1:00 pm
    Presentation at the Semcac Senior Dining – Download Event Flyer
    Dodge County:  Sunwood Manor, 200 1st St. NE, Kasson, MN  55944
  • Meetings with local leaders in Owatonna, MN and Waseca, MN – closed to the general public

Day 3:  Wednesday, 6/26

  • 12:00 pm
    Presentation at City Hall – Download Event Flyer
    207 Lafayette St., Winona, MN 55987
  • 3:30 pm
    Presentation at City Hall – Download Event Flyer
    315 Main St., La Crescent, MN 55974 
  • 6:00 pm
    Presentation at La Crosse Public Library – Download Event Flyer
    800 Main Street, La Crosse, WI 54601
  • Meetings with local leaders in St. Charles, MN – closed to the general public

Day 4:  Thursday, 6/27

  • 12:00 pm
    Presentation at the Kupper Ratsch Senior Center – Download Event Flyer
    10025 Superior Ave., Tomah, WI 54660
  • Meetings with local leaders in in Mauston, WI; New Lisbon, WI; Sparta, WI and Tomah, WI – closed to the general public

Day 5:  Friday, 6/28

  • 12:00 pm
    Presentation at DeForest Senior Center – Download Event Flyer
    505 N Main St., DeForest, WI 53532 
  • 3:00 pm
    Presentation at Portage Public Library – Download Event Flyer
    253 W. Edgewater St., Portage, WI 53901
  • Meetings with local leaders Portage, WI and Wisconsin Dells, WI  – closed to the general public

One Response to “FCC Midwest Tour?!?! Who knew?!?!”

  1. Ann Treacy Says:

    I found out about it on day two of the tour – but I was already in a broadband meeting in Mountain Iron.

    I help maintain a blog that is entirely about MN rural broadband. It seems like a press release to likley suspects would have made sense if they wanted to meet folks.

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