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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.

2021 Broadband Conference

Share stories. Forge solutions for your community. Oct 12-14

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Learn More About Broadband

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

Learn About Broadband

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Community Broadband Resources: Accelerate!

Now taking applications for a four-month process to spur community acquisition and deployment of federal and state broadband funds
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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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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

From the Blandin on Broadband Blog

OPPORTUNITY: MuniNetworks is hiring GIS and Data Visualization Researcher

Sep 21

From the Institute for Local Self Reliance… ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks program seeks a GIS and Data Visualization Specialist. We are looking for candidates that have a passion for using their skills as part of a team focused on justice and … Continue reading

People are ready for Starlink to be great but they don’t really know

Sep 21

PCMag interviewed 1,041 adults about Starlink and found that people liked more than they knew… Regardless, among the survey respondents who said they were familiar with Starlink, the obsession remains. When we asked that group whether they’d switch to the … 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

Community Broadband Program - Public Policy & Engagement

info@blandinfoundation.org

Direct: 218-327-8738

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