Blandin Foundation stands with Minnesota’s rural leaders and communities as they create and claim futures that are resilient, vibrant and connected. Abundant and robust access to the Internet (broadband), and the digital literacy skills necessary to take full advantage of this access, are essential as communities seek to compete and thrive in a digitally-connected world.
Since making rural broadband use and access a focus in 2003, Blandin Foundation has partnered with leaders in nearly 70 communities and 110 organizations across the state. Two objectives are core to the hundreds of projects that have emerged from this work:
- Sustainable broadband adoption
- Enriched quality of life and place
Through the Blandin Community Broadband Program, the foundation extends its focus through 2016 with up to $1.5 million in grants and technical support available to rural Minnesota communities.
Border to Border Broadband: No Community Left Behind Recap
The 2014 Minnesota Broadband Conference is done. Whew! It was great to see some faces I hadn’t seen in years – and a few new folks. It’s a bittersweet example of how far we’ve come and how far we have yet to go. We’re still asking “What is Broadband” but we’re also talking about how […]
10 Blandin Broadband Communities Named at the #MNBroadband Conference
Yesterday was a very full day. So much broadband learning, news and networking – including the announcement of 10 new BBC communities: Carlton County Central Woodlands (East Central RDC) Chisago County Martin County Nobles County Red Wing Redwood County Resilient Region Virtual Hwy Taskforce RS Fiber Cooperative Sherburne County Here’s the official announcement… Blandin Foundation Announces […]
Grasp Your Goal Before Your Feet Hit the Ground! From Jim Bensen
Tough to summarize Mr Bensen’s presentation. So I’m going to offer the description: Dr. M. James Bensen, President Emeritus, Bemidji State University Blandin Trustee Emeritus and Futurist Dr. M. James Bensen will inspire us with his vision of what a gigabit network – like the one Paul Bunyan Communications recently announced will soon be rolled […]