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
(PDF) - 3.6 MB
Mozilla recognizes human needs as: Food. Water. Shelter. Internet.
Thanks to John Hamerlinck for the heads up on this one – it’s an interesting look at the need to protect the Internet. The Mozilla blog talks about their campaign to get people to realize that the Internet is essential for everyone. They are looking at Net Neutrality, censorship and ownership – whereas I often […]
PCs for People partners with Comcast to offer affordable broadband in the Twin Cities
I’ve written about PCs for People before; they distribute refurbished computers to low income households. They have an office in St Paul and have worked with several rural communities in Minnesota as well, often with support from the Blandin Foundation. In the Twin Cities they have also offered cheap wireless Internet access – until their […]
Blandin Webinar Archive: Broadband Considerations in Site Selection and Data Centers
An archive of the webinar from earlier today: Broadband Considerations in Site Selection and Data Centers ( February 11, 2016) Tom Lambrecht of Great River Energy and Gene Goddard of Greater MSP will share what they know about business broadband for businesses seeking sites for location and expansion. GRE and Greater MSP each have data […]