Blandin Broadband e-News October 2016: Broadband Conference and community visits

Broadband News Around MinnesotaBBC Map

Blandin Broadband Conference: Sep 13-14
The Border to Border Broadband: Advancing the Vision conference was a great success. Find archived sessions here:


MN Broadband Task Force Notes

Task Force hears about broadband policies, including the VoIP bill and how that’s playing out for Charter and CenturyLink’s take on the Competitive Market Regulation. A national expert talks about how policy is playing out in other states. There’s a big push from all directions to level the regulatory playing field for providers.

Where does your county rank?

The Office of Broadband Development unveils details on broadband access by county. Mississippi State University Extension unveils a way to rank digital divide by county.

Is CAF2 enough in a community?

CAF2 funding requires a provider to upgrade only up to 10 Mbps down and 1 up. While that is an improvement in some areas, is it an improvement that will it be enough for current and future residents and businesses?

Research Reports:

Local Broadband News


Midco reports that Annandale is getting fiber ahead of schedule


Ely enthusiastically pursues Blandin Broadband opportunity

Grand Meadow

Grand Meadow School District receives $115,000 from USA for distance learning

Kandiyohi County

Kandiyohi County moves forward with broadband grant plans with CTC and

Nobles County

Nobles County talks about their Blandin Broadband Community projects. Highlights include digital inclusion projects that reach out to New Americans.

Red Wing

A voice for broadband is a voice for rural: Gary Evans on Senator Schmit

Redwood County

Redwood County talks about their Blandin Broadband Community projects. Highlights include their GIS system and concerted efforts to give non-adopters positive experiences with technology.

Renville and Sibley Counties

RS Fiber communities talk about their Blandin Broadband Community projects. Highlights include their new innovation center where students and others will use to learn tech tools such as drones.

St Louis Park

St Louis Park slowly but surely builds a fiber network

Sunrise Township

Sunrise Township petitions for subordinate service district bond to match CenturyLink’s CAF2 funding and get them to build FTTH service.

Upcoming Events

  • Oct 5 – Minnesota Broadband Task Force meeting
  • Oct 13-14 Minnesota Telecom Alliance (MTA)Fall Conference
  • Oct 18-20 Broadband Communities Conference (Minneapolis)
  • Oct 31 – Smart City Council accepts applications for community funding
  • Nov 2 – Minnesota Broadband Task Force meeting
  • Dec 15 – Minnesota Broadband Task Force meeting

Looking for more events? Check out TechDotMN’s calendar Many events are based in the Twin Cities but it is a comprehensive list. (If you have an upcoming event, consider submitting it.)

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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