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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.

Learn More About Broadband

Research and reports, past broadband conference materials, tools you can use and success stories.

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Broadband Discussion Series

Links to upcoming Broadband Lunch Bunch discussion sessions and archived sessions where MN and national broadband leaders share insights and tips to transform communities.
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Blandin Broadband Communities Program

Intensive, two-year partnerships with Blandin Foundation to advance local broadband initiatives.
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Broadband Innovation Grants

Matching funds for projects that promote access, adoption and use of broadband technologies.
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Robust Network Feasibility Fund Grants

Matching grants to support research on the feasibility of geographically based broadband networks.
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Community Broadband Resources Program

Technical assistance and general support as your community explores its next steps in high-speed internet services.
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Arrowhead Intelligent Region

A partnership to deliver on a broadband-fueled economy in NE Minnesota

2021 Broadband Conference

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From the Blandin on Broadband Blog

NTIA Creates First Interactive Map to Help Public See the Digital Divide across the Country

Jun 20

The NTIA unveils a cool new tool. I’ve showing a screenshot of MN, focusing in on Itasca County… Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released a new publicly available digital map that displays key indicators of … Continue reading

MN Legislature is still talking about omnibus bills

Jun 20

In the spirit of honesty, I’m traveling so I’m not sure that this is the latest news but here’s what Pioneer Press is reported yesterday… The Minnesota Legislature on Friday neared the close of the first week of a special … Continue reading

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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.

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Bernadine Joselyn

Director of Public Policy and Engagement

info@blandinfoundation.org

Direct: 218-327-8728

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Mary Magnuson

Program Assistant - Public Policy & Engagement

info@blandinfoundation.org

Direct: 218-327-8738

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