Broadband

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

The Ojibwe Netflix – great idea but viewers need broadband

Dec 15

MPR reports… The new “Ojibway TV” app is the first ever video streaming service for indigenous Ojibwe speakers. (The app uses an alternative spelling of Ojibwe.) It’s available now on Apple TV and Apple’s app store. To keep an indigenous language vital, … Continue reading

Recap of yesterday’s Net Neutrality repeal

Dec 15

I am going to borrow the summary of yesterday’s FCC decision to end Net Neutrality from the Benton Foundation… In a Declartory Ruling and two Orders, the Federal Communications Commission reversed its 2015 Open Internet rules. Declaratory Ruling Restores the classification of … Continue reading

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