Blandin on Broadband News: Sep 2019: Broadband conference one month away

Oct 8-10 – MN Fall BB Conference – Innovation: Putting Broadband to Work
This three-day conference at the beautiful Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, MN will offer learning and engagement on many aspects of the challenges and benefits of broadband access and use, from “Pursuing Broadband 101,” to digital inclusion tools and strategies for diverse audiences.  Check out the agenda. Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities are available 

Intelligent Community Forum Applications
The Blandin Foundation held regional meetings to encourage communities to apply to become Intelligent Communities. ICF publishes research based on the data provided by communities like yours around the world. The goal is to provide cities, towns and regions of all sizes with evidence-based guidance on achieving economic, social and cultural growth in the challenging digital age. Learn more to consider your community’s options.

Minnesota policy front…

And national policy front…

Vendor News

Local Broadband News

Minnesota (Statewide)
Minnesota Broadband Grants by County and Tribal Area

Minnesota ranks 17th on international prosperity chart

Beltrami County is getting attention for having awesome broadband

East (Iron) Range
East Range Communities of Aurora, Biwabik, Hoyt Lakes and Town of White talk about their broadband adoption projects

Franconia is working on getting better broadband with an impressive community input proposal

Freeborn County
Freeborn County receives almost $2 million in FCC funding

Houston County approve $75,000 revolving loan for Border to Border grant application

Iron Range
Laurentian Chamber Strut Your Strut Tour: working on access building a taste for innovation

Iron Range Tourism struts their broadband stuff: putting local art on the map and more

Koochiching County
Paul Bunyan is applying for MN grant to better serve Koochiching County

Koochiching Tech Initiative talks about their broadband adoption, such as a cool new coworking space and more

Le Sueur County
Le Sueur County helps Bevcomm prepare for MN broadband grant application

Maple Grove
Telehealth is a great option for kids in college

Mower County
Mower County votes on supporting rural broadband project

Stearns County
Stearns County receives FCC funding

Tower talks about broadband adoption projects, including feasibility study, projects in the schools and more

Twin Cities
Telehealth and regular face-to-face visits bring orthopedic care from the Twin Cities to Nebraska kids

Yellow Medicine County
Yellow Medicine County receives FCC funding

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

We are looking to add MN broadband-related events to the Blandin on Broadband blog calendar. If you have an event you’d like to add please send it to

Stirring the Pot – by Bill Coleman

Minnesota’s communities are full of great citizen volunteers working to improve both broadband access and use as an essential component of community vitality.  In every community that I visit, there is one or more volunteers putting in hundreds of hours for the betterment of their community. Through their efforts, schools and community centers become more active technology centers, broadband demand surveys are collected via online, mail and door-to-door surveys and elected officials learn that broadband investment is smart investment.

I doubt that many local folks know the depth of commitment and level of effort required to move these broadband projects forward.  While many of these folks do not have an official title, I think that they are heroes!  You have my admiration!

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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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