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…
Assessment of BCBP using the Mountain of Accountability Framework
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Blandin Foundation awards broadband grants across rural Minnesota
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Blandin Foundation announced today that it has awarded 29 grants totaling $321,245 to support rural Minnesota comm…
Pennington County Broadband 2014 Update: 92% coverage despite $15.33 per Megabit to connect to the Internet backbone
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 Pennington County stacked up: Household Density: 9.4 Number of Households: 5,836 Percentage serviced (without mobile): 91.64% Percentage […]
Broadband as a utility. What does that mean for rural areas?
I had a few emails last week asking me about what it means to define broadband as a utility. So I thought I’d try to tackle the question, which came up after the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) meeting on broadband. At the meeting, someone compared the drive for border to border broadband to the […]
Pine County Broadband 2014 Update: less than 25 percent covered
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 Pine County stacked up: Household Density: 7.9 Number of Households: 11,393 Percentage serviced (without mobile): 24.63% Percentage […]