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

Rural Mower County MN homes could get access to high-speed internet

Feb 23

Austin Daily Herald reports… Nearly 17,500 rural homes and businesses in Minnesota, including over 500 in Mower County, that are currently unserved by high-speed Internet service could get connectivity in the near future. These homes and businesses are in unserved … Continue reading

Rep Garofalo introduces changes to MN broadband grant program – removes “unserved” from grant program language

Feb 23

On Thursday (Feb 22), Representative Garofalo introduced F. No. 3002, A bill for an act relating to broadband; modifying eligibility for the border-to-border broadband grant program; amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, sections 116J.39, subdivision 4; 116J.394; 116J.395, subdivisions 1, 5, 6. … Continue reading

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