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

Iron Range Broadband Communities – it’s more than wires connecting!

Aug 21

The IRBCs (Iron Range Broadband Communities) met up last week to check in and re-energize with the Blandin Foundation team. I was lucky enough to be there. These checks always serve to remind me that broadband isn’t an issue – … Continue reading

PCs for People distribute 50 computers in Hibbing

Aug 21

The Daily Hibbing Tribune reports… PCs for People partnered with the Hibbing Area Chamber of Commerce and the Blandin Broadband Steering Committee to provide 50 free computers to low-income individuals that needed access to a home computer. The computers were … Continue reading

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