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May

24

RS Fiber Cooperative Recognized with Broadcast Communities “Cornerstone Award”

Fun news from RS Fiber… Winthrop, MN – RS Fiber Cooperative (RS Fiber) was awarded the Cornerstone Award by the industry publication Broadcast Communities last week “for dedication, persistence, and vision in securing the benefits of broadband for their communities.” … Continue reading →

May

24

Aitkin County gets Blandin grants for wifi, community website and high tech conference center

The Aitkin Age reports on Aitkin County’s community broadband partnership with the Blandin Foundation, Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB) and St. Louis County. They have been working on plans and have recently received funding for a few specific … Continue reading →

May

23

Student cheers broadband in Cook County hopes the same for other MN kids

Careful readers will remember Sammie Garrity as the bright young woman (grade 6!) who joined the Minnesota Broadband Coalition at the Rural Broadband Day on the Hill. She wrote about her experience speaking on the panel and meeting policymakers and … Continue reading →

May

23

There’s still a digital divide between rural and urban/suburban

Pew Research reports… Nearly two-thirds (63%) of rural Americans say they have a broadband internet connection at home, up from about a third (35%) in 2007, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in fall 2016. Rural Americans are … Continue reading →

May

22

Role of broadband in bringing Koochiching County “back from brink of demographic doom”

MinnPost recently ran a story on the diminishing population in Koochiching County… In the last 35 years, Koochiching County lost an estimated 4,845 people — more than a quarter of its 1980 population. In the next 35 years, it could … Continue reading →

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