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
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Latest Minnesota Broadband County Ranking: How does your County measure up?
The Office of Broadband Development recently posted numbers on county access to broadband – based on information gathered in July 2016. They tracked access to speeds of 25 Mbps down and 3 up, which is the state goal for 2022 and 100 Mbps down and 20 up, which is the speed goal for 2026. (They […]
CenturyLink says they can achieve 50 percent penetration in CA 2 areas â€“ but with speeds of 10/1 Mbps
According to Fierce Telecom… CenturyLink said that as it extends broadband services to rural areas via the FCC’s CAF-II program, it can attract a larger amount of customers that reside in 1.2 million homes with 10/1 Mbps speeds. In 2015, CenturyLink accepted $500 million in the second phase of the FCC’s Connect America Fund (CAF-II), enabling […]
Kandiyohi County moves forward with broadband grant plans with CTC
According to Willmar Radio… Kandiyohi County is going ahead with plans to apply for a five million dollar grant to expand high speed internet in underserved or un-served areas of the county. County Commissioner Harlan Madsen says they are seeking a grant through the State of Minnesota’s Border-to-Border Broadband fund, and if they get it, […]