Blandin on Broadband eNews: MN Monthly Recap: Broadband, Policy, COVID-19 (June 2020)

MN Broadband Maps and Rankings are Out!
The Office of Broadband Development recently posted broadband coverage maps for Minnesota Counties. See how your county ranks for broadband access at speeds of 25 Mbps up and 3 down, 100 Mbps up and 20 down or Gig access.

MN County Prosperity Ranking
Go Daddy releases Venture Forward, a report on the impact of local ventures on a community and impact of community on local ventures. Diving into the report, we created a list of the Top 10 in Venture Density, in Highly Active Ventures, in greatest change and other factors.

MN Broadband Task Force May Meeting
The MN Broadband Task Force heard from GEO Partners on their mapping services and MidCo introduced their services, especially on their fixed wireless services. They also got updates from subgroups and talked about how they might let policymakers know that broadband is even more important during this time of COVID-19.

State Policy Issues (in reverse chronological order)

Federal Policy Issues (in reverse chronological order)

Impact of COVID-19

Vendor News

Local Broadband News

Aitkin County
Strut Your Stuff: Broadband projects in Aitkin

Alexandria Area Community Foundation Funds telehealth and other COVID-19 needs

Bois Forte, Cook & Orr
Strut Your Stuff: Broadband projects with the GRIZZLIES

Cannon Falls
Strut Your Stuff: Broadband projects in Cannon Falls

Carlton County
Carlton County uneven broadband – large swath unserved

Dakota County
Charter Communications extends network in Rosemount

Duluth New Tribune Letter to the Editor lifts up fiber as the broadband solution

East Iron Range
Strut Your Stuff: Broadband projects in MN East Range

Strut Your Stuff: Broadband projects in Ely

Grand Rapids
Introduction to telehealth to end users from Grand Rapids Herald Review

Strut Your Stuff: Broadband projects in Hibbing MN

Iron Range
Working from home saves money and time – but requires broadband on the Iron Range

Itasca & Koochiching Counties
RAMS, Koochiching and Itasca Counties ask residents to take the broadband speed test and spread the word!

Strut Your Stuff: Broadband projects in Koochiching County

Laurentian communities (Eveleth, Gilbert, Mountain Iron, and Virginia)
Strut Your Stuff: Broadband projects in Laurentian communities

Le Sueur County
Blandin Broadband Communities vision meeting with Le Sueur County planned June 11
DFL Candidates in Le Sueur County talk about issues, including broadband

Local musicians raising funds for local efforts through community websites in Mankato

Northeast MN
Northeast Service Cooperative and CTC map public WiFi spots in NE MN

Prairie Island
Dakota Language gets new life with Zoom

Rock County
Strut Your Stuff: Broadband projects in Rock County

St Paul
Broadband changes everything – it changes a revolution

Swift County
Strut Your Stuff: Broadband projects in Swift County

Strut Your Stuff: Broadband projects in Tower MN

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

Notes on previous Blandin Broadband Roundtables

Stirring the Pot – by Bill Coleman

Today, I find myself relatively speechless.  In this time of high social anxiety, the Internet is showcasing its power to both support and stress our communities and country.  Rather than personally blathering on, I thought that I would provide a few great sources of information for your thoughtful consideration.

Electronic Frontier Foundation (
Electronic Privacy Information Center (

Digital Inclusion
National Digital Inclusion Alliance (

Berkman Klein Center – Harvard (
Benton Institute for Broadband and Society (

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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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