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

Border to border broadband grant (HF3002) discussion – removing “unserved” and “wired” from the bill

Mar 20

The House Committee on Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance met today. I have video of the entire meeting – but broadband (HF3002) was the last topic I caught. (So you might want to skip forward.)  On a … Continue reading

Gary Evans former CEO of HBC talks about getting broadband to Winona and beyond

Mar 20

Chris Mitchell from the Institute for Local Self Reliance interviews Gary Evans to talk about Hiawatha Broadband Communication and its role in bringing broadband to southern Minnesota going back to 1992. Here’s the description of the show from ILSR… Before … Continue reading

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