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Broadband

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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Community Broadband Resources: Accelerate!

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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Arrowhead Intelligent Region

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

Better With Broadband: Reflect. Recharge. Inspire.

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2022 Broadband Conference

October 11 - 13, 2022

It’s time to celebrate! We’re excited to be back together, in-person with you for our 2022 conference, Better with Broadband: Reflect. Recharge. Inspire. With robust public investments in both broadband access and use, the path forward for digitally connected and thriving rural Minnesota communities has never been clearer. Unprecedented resources are coming and communities with…

From the Blandin on Broadband Blog

MN PUC responds to request to revoke LTD Broadband’s ETC designation: PUC MEETING on July 14

Jul 05

The next chapter starts in the story of LTD Broadband and RDOF awards. It reads like a good soap opera for a very niche audience. The more you know, the more interesting it is. Here’s a high level recap akin … Continue reading

Study estimates better broadband in 2020 meant $4000 more per year per American

Jul 05

Telecompetitor reports… Fixed broadband adoption drove 10.9% of the accumulated growth in the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) between 2010 and 2020, according to a new economic study from Telecom Advisory Services published on the Network:On website. More detail… According … 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

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Direct: 218-327-8728

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Mary Magnuson

Community Broadband Program - Public Policy & Engagement

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Direct: 218-327-8738

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