Blandin Foundation stands with Minnesota’s rural leaders and communities as they create and claim futures that are resilient, vibrant and connected.
Broadband has revolutionized business, government, education, work, and lifestyles. Without robust broadband access and fully technologically literate populations, rural communities will be unable to take advantage of the extraordinary benefits that ultra high-speed, next-generation Internet can provide.
Since 2003, the Blandin Community Broadband Program has engaged at local, state and federal levels to ignite and sustain policies that support rural access to robust broadband. Guiding this work is a strategy board of public and private leaders to guide the initiative, and a vision:
Everyone in Minnesota will be able to use convenient, affordable world-class broadband networks that enable us to survive and thrive in our communities and across the globe.
Scroll down for information about our broadband community cohorts and available grants.
2021 Broadband Conference
Share stories. Forge solutions for your community. Oct 12-14
Learn More About Broadband
Research and reports, past broadband conference materials, tools you can use and success stories.
Community Broadband Resources: Accelerate!
Broadband Discussion Series
Blandin Broadband Communities Program
Robust Network Feasibility Fund Grants
Community Broadband Resources Program
Arrowhead Intelligent Region
From the Blandin on Broadband Blog
Is the digital divide sexist? Spoiler alert – yes!
The Alliance for Affordable Internet takes a look at the economic consequences of the digital gender gap noting that… Men are 21% more likely to be online than women globally, rising to 52% in Least Developed Countries. Here are their … Continue reading
MN folks explain that we need broadband in fields and trails too – for safety!
There were so many great presenters at the MN Broadband Conference earlier this week. It was rewarding to see that their voices are being heard in and out of Minnesota as Broadband Breakfast reports… Hosting Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota on Tuesday, … Continue reading
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