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.

Current work is described below. Or you can see what we’ve learned about community-based broadband work.

From the Blandin on Broadband Blog

AT&T Invests More Than $325 Million Over 3-Year Period to Boost Local Networks in Minnesota

Jun 26

The latest news from AT&T… At AT&T1, we’ve invested more than $325 million in our Minnesota wireless and wired networks during 2016-2018, including nearly $250 million in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. And from 2010 to 2018, AT&T invested more … Continue reading

“I need better internet period!” says local business in St Louis County MN

Jun 26

Businesses from St Louis County are speaking after the broadband meeting in St Louis County yesterday. A theme emerge as they all say – we need better broadband. After the meeting I heard from Jon Benz at JM Retrievers. They … Continue reading

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