Blandin Broadband eNews: Federal and MN policymakers on broadband

MN Broadband Task Force releases annual report
The Broadband Task Force released their latest annual report. They recommend $35.7 million a year for ongoing broadband grants. Word is spreading in local media.

Minnesota Policymakers on Broadband

Federal (and International) Policy Topics

Local Broadband News

Broadband efforts in Aitkin County mean Wifi is filling the gap between the haves and have-nots

Bois Forte Band, Cook & Orr
Broadband efforts in Orr, Cook and Bois Fotre Band include digital inclusion classes, broadband upgrade and new equipment

Why is Bemidji best? Courageous conversations, Broadband and Art

Chisholm broadband efforts include wifi on buses, in parks, to check out and an upcoming coworking space

Dakota County
Dakota County shares Broadband Joint Powers Agreement

Ely broadband efforts include a feasibility study, community portal and helping local businesses do online marketing

50 Seniors in Hibbing get PCs thanks to PCs for People

Broadband efforts in Hibbing are helping businesses and students better use technology

E-marketing training changes a Hibbing business completely

Isanti County
Isanti County broadband survey indicates community needs more broadband

Lyon County
Lyon County gets results of broadband feasibility study

Mille Lacs
Mille Lacs is unhappy about not getting broadband grant

Mountain Iron
Broadband efforts in Mountain Iron take the form of lots of training and getting kids excited about technology

Northwest Minnesota
Midco acquires fixed wireless provider from NW Minnesota

Palisade works with a local provider to get wireless access in town and encourage FTTH

Sunrise Township
Public-Private Partnership is working with Sunrise Townships, CenturyLink and MN State Grant

Twin Cities
Super Bowl hype brings more wireless solutions to the Twin Cities

AT&T Boosts Minneapolis area mobile coverage for Super Bowl

Comcast is increasing Internet speeds for Twin Cities Customers

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

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.)

Stirring the Pot – by Bill Coleman

The big game will have come and gone by the time you read this post.  A week from now, most of the event and marketing glitz will be removed – zip lines, ice sculptures, event stages and tents.  But some things will remain in place, especially newly installed telecommunications infrastructure.  At the next Broadband Task Force meeting, Minnesota’s largest ISPs will share details of their recent investments in a super-connected environment that I imagine encompasses most of downtown Minneapolis, the Mall of America and 494 strip, US Bank Stadium, the airport and other key sites.

This is a preview of the future that raises all kinds of question about the future. For rural community leaders, key questions include:

  • Who is going to bring this level of connectivity to your community?
  • If yes, when will they do it?
  • Will you leave these decisions to others?
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About Ann Treacy

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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