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.
Jackson County Broadband 2014 Update: FTTH but not ubiquitous
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 Jackson County stacked up: Household Density: 6.1 Number of Households: 4,429 Percentage serviced […]
MN Broadband Fund Award: A closer look around Otter Tail County
Almost $20 million in state grants have gone to 17 communities in Minnesota to expand broadband and make the case to legislators (and the general public) that such investments are wise and have a valuable Return on Investment. I wanted to delve into each project a bit to help us follow the money as it […]
Broadband opens the door to a rural quality of life in Minnesota
Broadband has been big in 2015 – but it feels like it’s all policy and funding and nuts and bolts. The who, what, when where and how (or how much), so I was pleased to find an article talked about the why. Furrow – a John Deere publication ran an article on brain gain, the […]