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

Community broadband advocates comment on Connect American Fund Auction Plans

Oct 19

A team of organizations interested in promoting better broadband to everyone (led by the Institute for Local Self Reliance) has submitted comments to the FCC regarding the competitive bidding procedures for the Connect America Fund. Here is an outline of … Continue reading

Good questions about CAF from the Anchor Institutions

Oct 19

A lot of public money is going to be going into broadband. It’s important to spend it wisely. Part of spending it wisely is getting users adequate access for today and tomorrow. Here’s what SHLB (Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband … Continue reading

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