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Broadband Webinar Series

Leaders in the Minnesota and national broadband scene share insights and tips to transform communities into tech-savvy destinations.

Blandin Community Broadband Program webinars are designed to provide rural Minnesota leaders with information they can use to help transform their communities into tech savvy places to live, work and visit. Communities serious about attracting new businesses, entrepreneurs, young people, and tourists must consider technology and Internet access as an essential amenity for community economic growth and vibrancy.

Webinars are recorded and archived on the Blandin on Broadband blog. Click the links below to access the individual webinars.

Broadband Leadership Webinar Series: Creating Successful Broadband Infrastructure Projects

The coronavirus pandemic has made it clear that access to broadband is necessary for everyone. Communities cannot merely hope that a comprehensive broadband solution will be delivered to their doorsteps; local leaders must take an active role to ensure their community’s long-term broadband needs are met — that broadband is an asset, not a constraint.

To help, Blandin Foundation is offering a new Broadband Leadership Webinar Series: Creating Successful Broadband Projects. Webinars will be offered every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 9:00 am beginning March 31, and will run for five weeks. Pre-registration is not required. Simply click the link to join the webinar.

Participants will learn about broadband infrastructure project planning best practices and tips for partnering effectively with ISPs and units of government, working with broadband consultants, and successfully applying for public funds.

Week 1: Series Overview and Setting the Vision
Click here to complete the week one pre-webinar survey. Your responses will help inform the presentations and kick-off the Q&A.

Webinar Handouts
The Broadband Development Process
Community Broadband Infrastructure and Services Assessment Tool

Date (at 9am) Topic Description
March 31 Series Overview A review of the entire broadband development process.
April 2 Setting the Vision The hows and whys of developing a shared community broadband vision to engage community leaders, citizens, and broadband provider partners.
April 7 Broadband 101 An introduction to various broadband technologies highlighting capabilities, liabilities, and comparative costs of each.
April 9 Community Broadband Surveys An overview of broadband surveys including a comparison of random sample surveys and canvassing techniques, key questions, the importance of GIS mapping technology, and data ownership considerations.
April 14 Broadband Mapping An introduction to broadband mapping data sources, with demonstration of various GIS capabilities for data display and grant eligibility determination. Strategies for challenging broadband map data will be discussed.
April 16 Ownership Models and Provider Partnerships An overview of models concerning network ownership and operations providing options for working with existing and prospective partners.
April 21 Feasibility Studies Presentation and discussion of the key elements of broadband feasibility study design, implementation, and use; including tips on selecting a consultant.
April 23 Federal and State Broadband Finance Programs An overview of existing and emerging broadband finance programs.
April 28 Local Broadband Finance Options An introduction to the finance tools available to cities, counties, and towns to assist in broadband development.
April 30 Making it Happen: Determining your Community’s Best Option Strategies for success.
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