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.
RS Fiber plans to serve 1600 customers by late 2015
KEYC-TV out of Mankato recently ran a nice story on RS Fiber… The RS Fiber Board in collaboration with Hiawatha Broadband Communications in Winona will provide affordable fiber-optic broadband service in ten communities and 17 townships in Renville, Nicollet and Sibley County. The service aims to provide faster and more reliable access to television, internet, […]
Free Blandin Webinar Jan 7: Getting Started on Community Broadband
Two important trends are driving more communities to consider community engagement in broadband availability for the first time. First is the fact that broadband as a necessary element of everyday life is not a theoretical discussion anymore. Almost everyone wants broadband so that they can participate fully in 21st Century life. What might have been […]
How does US broadband rank? Depends what you measure.
I read an interesting report today. It’s a rebuttal to reports (such as Akamai) that show that the US is not a leader in broadband. It’s an interesting look at different ways to measure broadband expansion – or as they put it health. (The report is Internet traffic as a basic measure of broadband health […]