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 recently that it has awarded 30 grants totaling $314,513 to assist rural Minnesota le…
Data caps subsidies like free lunch subsidies? A sustainable model â€“ hmmm!
We’ve heard stories of iPads in schools in Minnesota. They’re great in a lot of ways, customized education, no more heavy books to carry every day BUT they are considerably more helpful for folks who have internet access at home – interest access that doesn’t involve data caps. Wired recently posted an article that promotes […]
Blandin Broadband e-News October 2015: Investments in Minnesota Broadband
News from the Blandin on Broadband Blog Minnesota Broadband Conference November 18-20 The Blandin Foundation and the Office of Broadband Development are open registration for the fall broadband conference, Better Together, to be held in Minneapolis on November 18-20. http://wp.me/p3if7-3fi Digital Storytelling Training for Native Youth at Broadband Conference Franz Odasz will be working with […]
Blandin webinar Oct 8: DEED Office of Broadband 2014 Projects: A progress report
DEED Office of Broadband 2014 Projects: A progress report Thursday, October 8, 2015 03:00 Register Here! This webinar will highlight three DEED Border to Border Broadband Projects that are providing broadband to unserved areas. Each project illustrates a different approach with technology, business model and priority. These examples will help you to imagine and plan […]