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Border to Border Broadband: Advancing the Vision

09.13.2016 - 09.14.2016

Greysolon Ballroom, Duluth MN

The purpose of the 2016 conference was to continue to expand the momentum, connection and focus among the nearly 100 organizations/governing bodies (and individuals) that endorsed the Broadband Vision for Minnesota developed by 2015 Border to Border Broadband conference attendees: Everyone in Minnesota will be able to use convenient, affordable world-class broadband networks that enable…

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Border to Border Broadband: Better Together

11.18.2015 - 11.20.2015

Minneapolis Marriott West

Be part of the conversation. Connect. Learn. Recharge. This year's conference theme, Better Together, reflects the reality that it takes all of us to continue building the statewide momentum needed to ensure that all Minnesotans have access to broadband - the indispensable infrastructure at the heart of rural community vitality. Visit the Blandin on Broadband blog for a full conference …

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Border to Border Broadband: No Community Left Behind

11.18.2014 - 11.19.2014

Cragun's Resort

The November conference provided a great opportunity to meet and learn from people in Minnesota communities that enjoy border to border broadband, that have been working on it and others that are just starting to stir local excitement for it. Over 160 attendees heard from leaders who understand policy, technology and opportunity; and enjoyed plenty of time to speak with others and learn ab…

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Border to Border Broadband: A Call to Action

02.04.2014 - 02.05.2014

St. Paul RiverCentre

More than 25 organizations co-hosted a "so what? now what?" conversation about Minnesotans' shared aspirations for border to border broadband. Key agenda items included: Exclusive research documenting the economic and quality of life impacts that can be anticipated from increased investment in broadband infrastructure and utilization in Minnesota First-hand accounts from, and legislat…

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Congressional testimony on broadband adoption


Blandin Foundation accepted an invitation to testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet. "Broadband: The Next Mile" brought research, provider and other perspectives to a national conversation about Bernadine Joselyn, Blandin Foundation director of public policy and engagement, delivered c…

2011 Broadband Conference at Graysalon Ballroom

Building our Connected Future: Minnesota's Better with Broadband!

11.13.2012 - 11.14.2012

Greysolon Ballroom

By popular demand, we headed back to Duluth for the 2012 Broadband Conference. The purpose behind this annual conference is to increase Minnesota's economic competitiveness through the adoption and use of broadband technology. The conference title, "Building our Connected Future" acknowledged the importance of both connection through technology and through relationships that span across …

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Policy and Progress: Border to Border Broadband

11.16.2011 - 11.17.2011

Greysolon Ballroom, Duluth MN

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Blandin Foundation and Connect Minnesota hosted over 150 people at this year’s 2011 Broadband Conference, which focused on the ARRA Broadband funding efforts underway in Minnesota. Discussions with national and local policy leaders brought conference goers up to speed about how policy impacts them and how they link to the big picture. Through the sharing of tools and accomplishments …

Digital Crossroads

Broadband Breakfast Briefing - Rural Minnesota at the Digital Crossroads


Kelly Inn, St. Paul

7:30 am - 9:00 am

Rural Minnesota is at a digital crossroads. $242 million in federal ARRA funds is infusing project areas around the state with much needed upgrades to the availability and quality of broadband services. Still, thousands of Minnesotans will lack access to broadband that meets state goals while others will continue to lack any access to broadband at all. Dramatic change in leadership at the…

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Broadband Conference 2010: Cultivating a Culture of Use

10.13.2010 - 10.14.2010

The Lodge at Brainerd Lakes

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This year's Blandin Broadband Conference spotlighted communities across Minnesota that are Cultivating a Culture of Use through ARRA broadband funding. Their goal is ambitious - to create technologically and economically vital rural communities, competing and thriving in the broadband economy, with sustainable broadband adoption, job growth and wealth creation. Experts, researchers, stude…

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Realizing Our Broadband Future: Getting from Here to There

11.18.2009 - 11.19.2009

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, Duluth MN


Blandin Foundation’s 2009 Broadband Conference focused on the future of Minnesota communities, and provided community leaders with information, tools and inspiration to position their communities in the future. Conference materials, including videos and presentation, are available on the Blandin on Broadband Blog.

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