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.
Better with Broadband: Reflect. Recharge. Inspire., Blandin Foundation’s annual broadband conference, has been canceled. All registrations will be fully refunded.
Visit www.blandinonbroadband.org to stay on top of emerging broadband news and funding updates. Thank you for your continued commitment to expanding access and use of broadband in rural Minnesota.
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From the Blandin on Broadband Blog
Scandia moving forward with broadband plans with MidCo and Frontier (Washington County)
Country Messenger reports… Scandia’s efforts to expand high speed broadband service continues in 2022 and 2023. This year’s construction will reach approximately 160 households provided by MidCO. The project is currently underway. The equipment, fiber and other materials are ready … Continue reading
Mn Rep Pelowski recognized by Minnesota Rural Electric Association for supporting broadband
Minnesota House of Representatives reports… The Minnesota Rural Electric Association (MREA) honored State Representative Gene Pelowski (DFL – Winona) with the 2022 Legislator of the Year Award. MREA is the Minnesota statewide association representing 50 not-for-profit, member-owned rural electric cooperatives. … Continue reading
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