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.
Appointments to Minnesota Governorâ€™s Task Force on Broadband Announced
Here’s the news… Governor Mark Dayton has announced the appointments to the Task Force on Broadband. Members of the Task Force will serve during the Governor’s second term. New members of the Task Force include: Hannah Buckland, Director of Library Services at Leech Lake Tribal College and a resident of Bemidji. Denise Dittrich, Associate Director […]
Norman County Broadband 2014 Update: Have and have nots
I’m working on a County-by-County look at the State of Broadband in MN. My hope is to feature a county a day (in alphabetical order). In November, Connect Minnesota released their final report on broadband availability. Here is how Norman County stacked up: Household Density: 3.3 Number of Households: 2,863 Percentage serviced (without mobile): 59.15% Percentage […]
Minnesota and North Dakota acting in tandem for broadband policies. Hmmm.
Nothing like a rainy, long weekend to help me catch up a little. It gave me a chance to read an interesting article on broadband in North Dakota. Interesting for two reasons. First – it’s good to know what the neighbors are doing. Second, it’s good to know when the neighbors are thinking about inviting […]