Broadband Communities Conference Day Two Notes: Local matters, voters matter, money matters

Another great day of stories of success and some hardship from people who are willing to share their advice. We heard about how to build a business case to get a community broadband plan off the ground and keep the public engaged and the importance of getting people to use the broadband once it’s there. There were a few sessions on funding.

A few high level observations:

  • Every community is different until it isn’t. You can learn from the experience of others but there are no cookie cutter solutions.
  • Local, local, local – bringing decisions down to the local level helps and at the local level you really have no one else to depend on.
  • Broadband is a selling point for a community and lack of it will drive people away.
  • Cooperatives will be will to getting broadband to rural areas.

Here’s a short list of some of the funders mentioned (borrowed from Tweets):

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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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