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.
Dodge County Broadband 2014 Update: Well covered â€“ maybe due to student entrepreneurship
For the upcoming weeks 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 Dodge County stacked up: Household Density: 16.9 Number of Households: 7,460 Percentage serviced (without […]
Twin Cities gig market get a taste of rural broadband issues
An article in the Minneapolis St Paul Business Journal takes CenturyLink to task for their big announcement and slow roll-out of gigabit access… The telecom provider has been breathlessly promising super-fast broadband access to Twin Cities homes and small businesses since last fall. But if you’re waiting for service in your neighborhood? Don’t hold your […]
Iowa is looking at $5 million for broadband
Sometimes it’s nice to see our neighboring states looking at Minnesota as a model. This seems to be the case in Iowa as the New Observer reports on their emerging broadband plans… The committee, which is scheduled to meet in early February to finalize its draft, doesn’t have a budget recommendation, said Carver. That concerns […]