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

More info on Aitkin County’s $1.9 million in USDA funding for broadband

Oct 14

I reported on the award a few weeks ago, AgWeek provides more details… In Aitkin County, USDA will provide a $1.95 million grant to Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative. The project will create a Fiber to the Premises Network to 235 … Continue reading

Google brings workshops for entrepreneurs to St. Cloud

Oct 14

St Cloud Times reports… Google will be coming to St. Cloud next week with a day of workshops for local entrepreneurs. On Friday, Oct. 18, Google will partner with Great River Regional Library, 1300 W. St. Germain St., to house … Continue reading

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