Blandin Broadband eNews: Local views on Minnesota Broadband funding

Broadband News Around Minnesota

BBC MapMinnesota Policymakers’ (and Stakeholders’) Views on Broadband

Minnesota Broadband Task Force
The Task Force did not meet in December. They are meeting on January 6 in St Paul to decide on the recommendations they want to present to legislators and finalize their annual report. Meetings are open to the public.

81% of US households get broadband at home; only 70% in Minnesota
A recent report on broadband home adoption indicates that 81% of US households get a broadband Internet service at home. The last (2013) Connect Minnesota survey of Minnesota homes indicates that 70 percent of Minnesota homes had broadband access.

Blandin’s role in broadband in rural Minnesota (and beyond) in 2015
In 2015 Blandin Foundation sought to advance sustainable broadband adoption, increase community vitality and enhance quality of life and place. They did that by investing $750,000, offering technical assistance and providing opportunities to learn more about broadband through meetings and publications.

Smart City Challenge – opportunity for $40 million for one mid-size city
Funding of up to $40 million in funding from the Department of Transportation will go to one mid-sized city that puts forward bold, data-driven ideas to improve lives by making transportation safer, easier, and more reliable.

Local Broadband News

Chisago County
Chisago County is building its broadband position with BBC and ABC efforts

Iron Range
Paul Bunyan gets funding from the IRRRB to expand broadband service on the Iron Range

Local residents use social media to mobilize volunteers to donate hats, mitten and scarves as well as promote donations to those in need.

Kandiyohi County
Kandiyohi Broadband and Advanced Technology Committee are focusing on getting broadband funding to the area

US Internet will launch new 2.5 and 5 Gbps Fiber Internet Service in Q1 2016 in Minneapolis

Monticello Fiber Network is looking for a partner to run their city-owned network.

Park Rapids
More than 400 Locations in Rural Park Rapids now have access to broadband

Sherburne County
Better broadband brightens future for history center in Sherburne County

Sherburne County representatives report to the community of the 2015 Minnesota Broadband Conference and the broadband vision developed during the conference.

Spring Valley
Representatives Davids and Kresha host a well-attended broadband listening session in Spring Valley. (post includes video)

Southern Minnesota
Radio Link Internet deploys EZ LTE to 10 rural counties in Southern Minnesota

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Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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