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.

2019 Broadband Conference

3 days of panel discussions, keynote speakers and networking with other rural Minnesotans putting broadband to work in their communities. October 8-10, 2019. Grand View Lodge, Nisswa. Get event and sponsorship details here.


From the Blandin on Broadband Blog

Fredenberg MN celebrates broadband – and looks at how it might happen in other areas

Jul 22

The Bemidji Pioneer reports the good news for Fredenberg… Here is a story to match the motto of Fredenberg Township: “A pleasant blend of progress and tradition.” The 1,300 residents among the reservoirs north of Duluth now have access to … Continue reading

EVENT ALERT Sep 12: Making Good Use of Our Internet Viewings

Jul 22

This looks like a fascinating talk from the Humphrey Institute (happening noon, September 12) and/or I may be showing my academic roots… A lot can be learned from how we use the internet. Our viewing patterns offer insights into our … Continue reading

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