New projects on the Iron Range help increase broadband use

Hometown Focus reports

New broadband initiatives were launched in the Chisholm-Balkan area through the Iron Range Blandin Broadband Communities (BBC) program. A collaboration of community partners included: Balkan Township, City of Chisholm, Chisholm Economic Development Authority (CEDA), Chisholm Chamber of Commerce and Chisholm Independent School District #695. Each organization led one or more of the following projects: [list is abbreviated]

  • A new website for Balkan Township that includes a community calendar, recycling and municipal services, township government news and automated reservations for the community center.
  • Marketing videos to promote life in Chisholm.
  • A new website for the city of Chisholm
  • Public Wifi improvements at the Chisholm Public Library.
  • 10 mobile internet hotspots available to check out
  • A scavenger hunt app for Chisholm’s community events.
  • Free digital marketing assistance to 10 Chisholm small businesses
  • Public Wifi access on Chisholm ISD school buses.
  • 100 mobile internet hotspots
  • Improved public wifi at Minnesota Discovery Center
  • A distance learning project by Minnesota Discovery Center

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