Blandin on Broadband eNews: MN Monthly Recap (Dec 2019)

People need better broadband
Inc Magazine recently reported that entrepreneurs need better broadband. While the Chronilce of High Education reports that students need broadband too.

State Policy Issues

Federal Policy Issues

Vendor News

Local Broadband News

Cloquet Valley
Jan Keough receives Blandin Foundation Courageous Broadband Leader Award

Fillmore County
MiBroadband launches fixed wireless service in Fountain, Peterson, Spring Valley

Southwest MN Broadband Services looks at closed meetings in the future

Southwest MN Broadband Services receives Courageous Leadership Award

USI fiber unveils expansion areas for 2020

New device makes home-based telehealth easier in MD, SD, ND and IA

MN’s CentraCare Health gets $234K to improve telehealth

Tekne Awards recognizes award-winning MN companies

Pipestone County
CenturyLink upgrades broadband services around Pipestone County

Red Wing
Neela Mollgaard focuses on capital, culture and talent at Launch Minnesota

Renville & Sibley Counties
RS Fiber gets an international shout out for publicly supported broadband

Mayo Clinic implements telehealth approach for neonatologists

Swift County, Rock County, and Cannon Falls
Swift County, Rock County, and Cannon Falls talk about their Blandin Broadband Communities (BBC) activities

White Earth Reservation
New FirstNet Cell site will  support public safety in Northwestern Minnesota near White Earth Reservation

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

In this season of gratitude, I am grateful to be able to work with the great team at Blandin Foundation and the many community leaders working to improve broadband across greater Minnesota.  The Leadership Awards presented at the fall broadband conference recognized only the tip of the iceberg of rural broadband leaders.  In almost every successful local initiative, there are multiple leaders working together to bring positive change to their community.  Sometimes one person is honored as the leader, but all good leaders know that this is a limited view of reality.

It takes multiple leaders and many followers to build the momentum necessary to overcome fears, objections and interference from both inside and outside the community.  At a recent meeting of current Blandin Broadband Communities, we heard all the good things happening in these communities, with some credit to the momentum created via the BBC program.  Isaac Newton’s theories in action!  These communities are moving in the right direction led by many cooperating leaders.

If you are looking for a fun way to illustrate this concept at your next broadband meeting, check out one of my favorite TED Talks:

If you want to start a movement in your community, get organized, and apply to be a Blandin Broadband Community.  Look for that application soon.  Call us for assistance!

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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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