Koochiching County considers becoming a Blandin Broadband Community

According to the International Falls Journal

Background: Koochiching County officials will consider taking part in the Blandin Broadband Communities, or BBC, Program. The Blandin Foundation seeks four rural Minnesota communities to participate in the program. Selected through an application process, BBCs will define the technology goal, receive planning and technical assistance. They will also have access to resources to implement projects designed to make progress on their broadband and community technology enhancement goals.

Once selected, there is the opportunity to apply for up to $75,000 in grants over a two-year period, including feasibility studies or implementation of additions desired by the community.

An orientation with presenter Bill Coleman was held Thursday to discuss what the program is and strategic goals for a realistic application to the BBC.

The application deadline is May 31, with the grant application deadline in August, said Jim Yount, co-owner of Small Town Tech.

“We still have un-served and under-served areas within the county,” said Nevanen. “Although some strides have been made, it is an ongoing issue.”

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About Ann Treacy

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

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