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.
Lyon County Broadband 2014 Update: Less than 5 percent coverage!
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 Lyon County stacked up: Household Density: 14.2 Number of Households: 10,227 Percentage serviced (without mobile): 4.14% Percentage […]
Free Blandin Webinar: Organizing the Community Around Key Broadband Topics â€“ Creating the Right Team April 9
Organizing the Community Around Key Broadband Topics – Creating the Right Team When: 3 pm on April 9 Register Online! This webinar will feature a round table discussion of community leaders engaged in local broadband initiatives. Panelists will share their range of experiences, including the formation of their team, educating elected officials and residents, selecting […]
CenturyLink is focusing on fiber â€“ but where and when?
I watched as “someone” strung fiber all around my neighborhood last week. Then on Friday I finally saw a CenturyLink truck cruising the work. Mystery solved. I had heard rumor about the possibility of an upgrade last summer – but I wasn’t sure how that was going to shake out, especially after the City of […]