Blandin Broadband eNews: Broadband is gearing up for the Legislative session

How many Minnesotans lack broadband?
Microsoft recently unveiled an interactive map that compares FCC broadband maps to their own research on what their customers seem able to access. The FCC reports that 409,000 people lack access in Minnesota; Microsoft reports 3 million. https://wp.me/p3if7-4Ub

How does Minnesota rank?
Minnesota is top ten in State Technology & Science Index, but slipped to number eight. https://wp.me/p3if7-4Tv

Essential Aspects of Digital Readiness
Roberto Gallardo has a new research report Gauging Household Digital Readiness that found that metro households scored slightly higher than nonmetro counterparts on digital readiness. https://wp.me/p3if7-4Tl

Benefits of Broadband

On the Minnesota policy front…

And national policy front…

Local Broadband News

Blue Earth County
Blue Earth County Board talks about expanding broadband https://wp.me/p3if7-4ST

Fountain
Mediacom extends fiber to Fountain (Fillmore County) with help from a MN State broadband grant https://wp.me/p3if7-4T1

Iowa
Iowa is looking to catch up with MN with state Broadband grants https://wp.me/p3if7-4TB

Lake County
Lake County accepts $8.4M bid for Lake Connections from Pinpoint Holdings https://wp.me/p3if7-4TI
Community members have opinions on the sale of Lake Connections https://wp.me/p3if7-4T9

Minnesota
Arvig buys Windstream Fiber assets in Minnesota and Nebraska https://wp.me/p3if7-4Tp
Minnesota broadband is better than Wisconsin broadband https://wp.me/p3if7-4SC

Orr
The Timberjay posts an editorial of frustration written about the broadband providers’ lack of investment in last mile broadband. https://wp.me/p3if7-4SR

Red Lake County
The story of an online cricket order gone bad goes viral on Twitter https://wp.me/p3if7-4TV

Renville & Sibley Counties
RS Fiber is featured in an NBC report on rural broadband, fiber and 5G. https://wp.me/p3if7-4U3

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

Spurring broadband investment in unserved rural communities requires a convergence of partnerships, financial incentives and leadership.  From my experience, leadership is the differentiating factor between those that get better broadband and those that continue to wait.

I have just finished reading the book “Leadership in Turbulent Times” by Doris Kearns Goodwin.  She profiles the leadership circumstances, strategies and successes of four presidents: Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson. Setting the vision, gathering momentum, and coalition building are all integral to success.

While each of these presidents had their own unique style, they were all committed to their cause.  They were, respectively, devoted to ending slavery, busting trusts and monopoly corporate power, tackling massive economic dislocation and global warfare, or ensuring civil rights.  They realized that they could not accomplish these huge goals alone, but knew that executive leadership was essential to overcoming the many barriers to changing the status quo.

So, if you picture yourself a broadband leader, I encourage you to read this book and use the lessons within to plot your strategy to become the leader that your community is waiting for.  Or buy a few copies and distribute them to prospective co-leaders, then sit together and make a plan.  Remember, Blandin Foundation’s Community Broadband Resources Program is readily available to help jumpstart your community broadband team’s efforts.

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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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