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

I redesigned my life based on when I could get online in Ellington Township MN

Sep 22

Yesterday I was talking to folks in Dodge County about their broadband access. Dodge County (As you may recall from the County Profiles) is pretty well served with 99 percent coverage at speeds of 25/3 and 95 percent coverage at … Continue reading

Senator Klobuchar points out rural areas need broadband and everyone needs rural areas

Sep 21

Wisconsin State Farmer reports on a recent rural summit by highlighting comments from Senator Klobuchar… In describing the importance of rural communities, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) pointed out that about 60 million Americans live in rural areas, which is equivalent to 20 … Continue reading

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