Blandin Foundation stands with Minnesota’s rural leaders and communities as they create and claim futures that are resilient, vibrant and connected.
Broadband connects rural communities to the world and is essential infrastructure for the future. Rural people and places need high-speed Internet, and the skills to use it, to create new jobs, access modern education and healthcare services, and stay connected to others.
Since 2003, the Blandin Community Broadband Program (BCBP) has worked with rural communities across Minnesota to improve broadband access, adoption and use. Guided by the 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,” the BCBP program engaged leaders at local, state and federal levels to ignite and sustain policies that support rural access to robust broadband.
Learn More About Our Work in Broadband
Research and reports, past broadband conference materials, tools you can use and success stories.
Blandin Broadband Communities Program
Arrowhead Intelligent Region
From the Blandin on Broadband Blog
OBD Director Bree Maki talks MN Broadband on Rural-Urban MN Twin Talks
Fun to see friends online. Jane Leonard started a podcast (Rural-Urban MN Twin Talks) with her twin sister Karin Sonneman to have interesting chats about Minnesota. This week they had Office of Broadband Development Director Bree Maki. Bree talks about … Continue reading
Recommendations to Maximize New Federal Investments in Broadband for Rural America
Brookings has a new report (Maximize New Federal Investments in Broadband for Rural America) that makes recommendations to maximize the opportunity that BEAD presents and to close the digital divide… TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY Allow rolling challenges to FCC maps and … Continue reading
Sign Up for E-News
Subscribe to our periodic newsletter for updates and opportunities about vibrant rural Minnesota.
Your feedback strengthens our broadband programs. Contact us to share your thoughts. You may also subscribe to our mailing list, or contact the following Broadband team members.
Rural communities and organizations with broadband access thrive and grow.