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

Opportunities for Bipartisan Tech Policy: Notes and Video

Jan 15

Earlier today the Blandin Foundation hosted a local viewing of Opportunities for Bipartisan Tech Policy, hosted by Next Century Cities in DC. You can watch the program yourself…. It was an interesting discussion. The spoke primarily on Rural broadband, privacy … Continue reading

MN Broadband funding needs to be in base budget

Jan 15

KXRA’s Voice of Alexandria reports… Advocates are asking state lawmakers for 35 million dollars a year to expand broadband Internet access in rural Minnesota. Bills have already been introduced in the Minnesota House and Senate. Judy Erickson with the Rural … Continue reading

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