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.
Community Broadband Gear
Online resources for communities as they learn about, talk about and use the power of broadband for every resident. Promoting Broadband Jour…
Minnesota Broadband Vision Endorsements
Everyone in Minnesota will be able to use convenient, affordable world-class broadband networks that enable us to survive and thrive in our co…
Assessment of BCBP using the Mountain of Accountability Framework
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BBC Project Matrix 2015-16
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Broadband in Local News
Six Iron Range communities selected for Blandin Foundation Broadband Communities Program
Blandin Foundation announced today that it has selected six Iron Range communities for intensive, two-year partnerships with the Foundation to…
Conference Committee on SF1937 (Omnibus that includes broadband) to meet Wed April 26 at 4 pm
I am hoping to attend and to take notes. You can find video and notes from the last meeting here. Wednesday, April 26, 2017 â€“ 4:00 PM Conference Committee on S.F. 1937 Chairs: Sen. Jeremy R. Miller and Rep. Pat â€¦ Continue reading â†’
Broadband feasibility studies are a step toward grant applications, RFPs, getting networks built!
Last week, the MN Broadband Task Force heard from practitioners on the utility of feasibility studies. Iâ€™m on the Task Force and found the topic interesting and worth a deeper dive, especially given Blandin Foundationâ€™s experience with and commitment to â€¦ Continue reading â†’
A telecom deregulation warning from Sen Simonson and Sen Johnson
The Post Bulletin posted a letter to the editor from Senators Erik Simonson and Sheldon Johnson AT&T, Comcast, and the Minnesota Cable Communications Association are coming for your consumer rights as local phone customers. Be afraid. Be very afraid â€” â€¦ Continue reading â†’