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.
Free webinar on $400 million Healthcare Connect Fund
A great chance to learn more… The Healthcare Connect Fund provides $400 million in funding for broadband network and access services to be used by rural healthcare facilities and consortiums. Rural broadband service providers are in a unique position to work with community stakeholders to secure this funding and provide broadband network and access services […]
MN House adds broadband to budget but only $8M for broadband grants
This afternoon, the House Ways and Means Committee took up the jobs bill with an updated budget resolution. The amendment proposed $250K per year for the Office and $8M total grants. I just got word that the amendments are adopted and bill will be moving to the floor. The good news is that broadband is […]
Update from RS Fiber & HBC on Gig access in Renville and Sibley Counties
Actually it’s an update that covers most of Sibley County and portions of Renville, Nicollet, and McLeod Counties. According to CED Magazine… The RS Fiber Cooperative and Hiawatha Broadband Communications plan to bring a new fiber network to Minnesota with the help of Calix systems and software. The new gigabit service will be deployed across […]