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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.

Attendees are welcome to stay online after the end of each presentation for an informal chat about that day’s topic or anything else broadband-related, Bill Coleman will be facilitating a conversation and answering your broadband questions until 10:30.

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
Worksheets
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. https://zoom.us/j/829313397
Week Two
Click here to complete the week two pre-webinar survey. Your responses will help inform the presentations and kick-off the Q&A.
Handouts:
Week Two Worksheets.
Corning Fiber Optics
Next Century Cities Toolkit (or download the PDF)
WISPA Graphic
Broadband Now
Maine Broadband Institute Guidebook 
April 7 Broadband 101 An introduction to various broadband technologies highlighting capabilities, liabilities, and comparative costs of each. https://zoom.us/j/308862200
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. https://zoom.us/j/290569587
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. https://zoom.us/j/246328169
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. https://zoom.us/j/560434824
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. https://zoom.us/j/480704463
April 23 Federal and State Broadband Finance Programs An overview of existing and emerging broadband finance programs. https://zoom.us/j/287394948
April 28 Local Broadband Finance Options An introduction to the finance tools available to cities, counties, and towns to assist in broadband development. https://zoom.us/j/822263677
April 30 Making it Happen: Determining your Community’s Best Option Strategies for success.
https://zoom.us/j/907531735
Archived Webinars:

Broadband Infrastructure

Digital Equity:

Innovation:

Knowledge Workforce:

Advocacy:

Blandin Broadband Programs:

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