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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.

2021 Broadband Conference

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

Conference Archive

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

Is the digital divide sexist? Spoiler alert – yes!

Oct 17

The Alliance for Affordable Internet takes a look at the economic consequences of the digital gender gap noting that… Men are 21% more likely to be online than women globally, rising to 52% in Least Developed Countries. Here are their … Continue reading

MN folks explain that we need broadband in fields and trails too – for safety!

Oct 16

There were so many great presenters at the MN Broadband Conference earlier this week. It was rewarding to see that their voices are being heard in and out of Minnesota as Broadband Breakfast reports… Hosting Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota on Tuesday, … 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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