Blandin Broadband eNews: Broadband activity throughout Minnesota Monthly Recap

Border to Border Broadband: Transforming Minnesota Oct 23-24
The broadband conference was a big hit. You can get video and notes on all of the sessions:

Office of Broadband Development Launches Speed Test
The Minnesota Office of Broadband Development launched a new tool that will allow Minnesotans to test, map and report various broadband internet speeds across the state. https://wp.me/p3if7-4QL

Broadband in the Elections

Local Broadband News

In October, the Blandin on Broadband blog posted broadband profiles for each county in Minnesota:

  1. Aitkin County https://wp.me/p3if7-4Kq
  2. Anoka County https://wp.me/p3if7-4Kt
  3. Becker County https://wp.me/p3if7-4Kw
  4. Beltrami County https://wp.me/p3if7-4Kz
  5. Benton County https://wp.me/p3if7-4KC
  6. Big Stone County https://wp.me/p3if7-4KF
  7. Blue Earth County https://wp.me/p3if7-4KI
  8. Brown County https://wp.me/p3if7-4KL
  9. Carlton County https://wp.me/p3if7-4KP
  10. Carver County https://wp.me/p3if7-4KS
  11. Cass County https://wp.me/p3if7-4KV
  12. Chippewa County https://wp.me/p3if7-4KY
  13. Chisago County https://wp.me/p3if7-4Ld
  14. Clay County https://wp.me/p3if7-4Lg
  15. Clearwater County https://wp.me/p3if7-4Lj
  16. Cook County https://wp.me/p3if7-4Lm
  17. Cottonwood County https://wp.me/p3if7-4Lp
  18. Crow Wing County https://wp.me/p3if7-4Ls
  19. Dakota County https://wp.me/p3if7-4Lv
  20. Dodge County https://wp.me/p3if7-4Ly
  21. Douglas County https://wp.me/p3if7-4LB
  22. Faribault County https://wp.me/p3if7-4LE
  23. Fillmore County https://wp.me/p3if7-4LH
  24. Freeborn County https://wp.me/p3if7-4LK
  25. Goodhue County https://wp.me/p3if7-4LN
  26. Grant County https://wp.me/p3if7-4LQ
  27. Hennepin County https://wp.me/p3if7-4LT
  28. Houston County https://wp.me/p3if7-4LW
  29. Hubbard County https://wp.me/p3if7-4LZ
  30. Isanti County https://wp.me/p3if7-4M5
  31. Itasca County https://wp.me/p3if7-4M8
  32. Jackson County https://wp.me/p3if7-4Mb
  33. Kanabec County https://wp.me/p3if7-4Me
  34. Kandiyohi County https://wp.me/p3if7-4Mh
  35. Kittson County https://wp.me/p3if7-4Mk
  36. Koochiching County https://wp.me/p3if7-4Mn
  37. Lac qui Parle County https://wp.me/p3if7-4Mq
  38. Lake County https://wp.me/p3if7-4Mt
  39. Lake of the Woods County https://wp.me/p3if7-4Mw
  40. Le Sueur County https://wp.me/p3if7-4MB
  41. Lincoln County https://wp.me/p3if7-4ME
  42. Lyon County https://wp.me/p3if7-4MH
  43. Mahnomen County https://wp.me/p3if7-4MK
  44. Marshall County https://wp.me/p3if7-4MN
  45. Martin County https://wp.me/p3if7-4MQ
  46. McLeod County https://wp.me/p3if7-4MT
  47. Meeker County https://wp.me/p3if7-4MW
  48. Mille Lacs County https://wp.me/p3if7-4MZ
  49. Morrison County https://wp.me/p3if7-4N2
  50. Mower County https://wp.me/p3if7-4N5
  51. Murray County https://wp.me/p3if7-4N8
  52. Nicollet County https://wp.me/p3if7-4Nb
  53. Nobles County https://wp.me/p3if7-4Ne
  54. Norman County https://wp.me/p3if7-4Nh
  55. Olmsted County https://wp.me/p3if7-4Nk
  56. Otter Tail County https://wp.me/p3if7-4Nn
  57. Pennington County https://wp.me/p3if7-4Nq
  58. Pine County https://wp.me/p3if7-4Nt
  59. Pipestone County https://wp.me/p3if7-4Nw
  60. Polk County https://wp.me/p3if7-4Nz
  61. Pope County https://wp.me/p3if7-4NC
  62. Ramsey County https://wp.me/p3if7-4NF
  63. Red Lake County https://wp.me/p3if7-4NI
  64. Redwood County https://wp.me/p3if7-4NL
  65. Renville County https://wp.me/p3if7-4NO
  66. Rice County https://wp.me/p3if7-4NR
  67. Rock County https://wp.me/p3if7-4NU
  68. Roseau County https://wp.me/p3if7-4NX
  69. Saint Louis County https://wp.me/p3if7-4O0
  70. Scott County https://wp.me/p3if7-4O3
  71. Sherburne County https://wp.me/p3if7-4O6
  72. Sibley County https://wp.me/p3if7-4O9
  73. Stearns County https://wp.me/p3if7-4Oc
  74. Steele County https://wp.me/p3if7-4Of
  75. Stevens County https://wp.me/p3if7-4Oi
  76. Swift County https://wp.me/p3if7-4Ol
  77. Todd County https://wp.me/p3if7-4Oo
  78. Traverse County https://wp.me/p3if7-4Or
  79. Wabasha County https://wp.me/p3if7-4Ou
  80. Wadena County https://wp.me/p3if7-4Ox
  81. Waseca County https://wp.me/p3if7-4OA
  82. Washington County https://wp.me/p3if7-4OD
  83. Watonwan County https://wp.me/p3if7-4OG
  84. Wilkin County https://wp.me/p3if7-4OJ
  85. Winona County https://wp.me/p3if7-4OM
  86. Wright County https://wp.me/p3if7-4OP
  87. Yellow Medicine County https://wp.me/p3if7-4OS

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

We are looking to add MN broadband-related events to the Blandin on Broadband blog calendar. https://wp.me/P3if7-4yG If you have an event you’d like to add please send it to atreacy@treacyinfo.com

Stirring the Pot – by Bill Coleman

Moving a community broadband initiative forward requires a mystical blend of community leadership and technical/financial knowledge meeting opportunity.  When I review the many successful broadband projects, I see that each project has a unique mix of these elements.  For me, community leadership is the most interesting facet.  Leadership can emerge from almost anywhere. My friend and former colleague Karl Samp used to say, “The great thing about being in a rural community leader is that you do not need a title, you just have to start doing things.”

Yet there is something essential about having elected officials strongly engaged in these broadband initiatives. Volunteers can gather and analyze information or put together an outline of a strategy or deal. Technical experts can define the best technology options.  But when it comes to actually making things happen, it usually takes a mayor, town supervisor or county commissioner to bring the legal and financial authority of the local government to the table. Convincing local officials to assume that role can be the most challenging task for the local broadband activists. For some leaders, hearing the broadband stories of woe is enough to convince them to act. Other leaders want hard facts  based on data to be convinced. Thankfully, there is a growing set of tools that can provide return on investment (ROI) data for community broadband initiatives.

At the recent Border to Border Broadband Conference, there were two examples of ROI analysis methodologies – one presented by Ann Treacy and Bernadine Joselyn and one created at Purdue University. Luckily, the former model is quite simple to calculate and easily understood. I encourage you to take a look at these session notes and complete the calculator found here.  https://wp.me/p3if7-4PR.  For those reading this with strong data skills, the Purdue model can be found here: https://wp.me/p3if7-4PL. Both models emphasize that the widespread community benefits to broadband investment far exceed the private sector business case for that investment, thus the need for public sector investment to deploy the necessary broadband investment.

For those pursuing improved broadband networks, please take a shot at using these tools with your broadband team.  I think that it will be enlightening for your group – both for the numbers created and possibly more importantly, the discussion that the analysis facilitates with local elected officials.  It would be great to hear your reports.

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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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