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.

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

~We are looking to quantify community return on broadband investment. If you have a story to tell on how better broadband has saved you money or opened doors for you, please let us know.~

From the Blandin on Broadband Blog

FCC proposes changes to Lifeline that will impact users and potential users

Nov 20

Broadcasting & Cable reports on decisions made by the FCC that will impact Lifeline programs (the programs that provide broadband/phone subsidies to low income households). Hereis what they decided last week… The multipart item, which was circulated last month, includes an … Continue reading

Ely reports on the 2017 MN Broadband conference

Nov 18

The Ely Timberjay reports on local leaders impression on the 2017 Fall Broadband Conference… Harold Langowski, Economic Development Consultant John Fedo, and community leader Wende Nelson joined more than 150 broadband leaders from across rural Minnesota last month to compare … Continue reading

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