What? Regional Gatherings Report Out: What are our greatest opportunities for improving broadband access and adoption in rural Minnesota?
Rural leaders from all corners of Minnesota will offer snapshots of their region’s broadband successes and opportunities, drawing on input heard at eight regional broadband gatherings held across the state in September and October.
Chat from the session:
11:04:28 From Mary Magnuson (she/her) to Everyone:
We’ve listed the speakers on our website here https://blandinfoundation.org/programs/broadband/annual-conference-2021/tuesday-october-12/
11:05:04 From Joe Buttweiler – CTC to Everyone:
re: prevailing wage….Contractors don’t like prevailing wage projects because they need to pay different wages on a different projects and it creates employee cultural challenges for them. The administrative work associated with prevailing wage is incredibly costly for contractors and the providers. If we could remove those barriers somehow……
11:05:47 From Misty Hendrickson to Everyone:
I agree, Joe! It just complicates things unnecessarily.
11:08:56 From Dawn Hegland to Everyone:
If we want to use state and federal funds I don’t believe it would ever be possible to NOT use state or federal wage rates. I think the bigger issue is the BIG differences between using state prevailing wages and federal wage standards from county to county.
11:11:36 From Ann Treacy to Everyone:
East Central MN Regional Broadband Conference: video and notes https://blandinonbroadband.org/2021/10/08/east-central-mn-regional-broadband-conference-video-and-notes/
11:11:59 From Ann Treacy to Everyone:
NW Regional Broadband Gathering Notes https://blandinonbroadband.org/2021/10/04/nw-regional-broadband-gathering-notes/ – just got video will add asap
11:12:14 From Ann Treacy to Everyone:
Enhancing Our Regional Broadband Capacity: 7W MN Regional broadband (Benton, Sherburne, Stearns and Wright counties) https://blandinonbroadband.org/2021/09/27/enhancing-our-regional-broadband-capacity-7w-mn-regional-broadband-benton-sherburne-stearns-and-wright-counties/
11:12:47 From Ann Treacy to Everyone:
Northeast Minnesota Regional Broadband Summit Notes and Video https://blandinonbroadband.org/2021/09/22/northeast-minnesota-regional-broadband-summit-notes-and-video/
11:13:06 From Ann Treacy to Everyone:
South Central & Southeast Regional Broadband Conference Notes & Video https://blandinonbroadband.org/2021/09/16/south-central-southeast-regional-broadband-conference-notes-video/
11:16:53 From Ann Treacy to Everyone:
Link to county profiles that went out on MOnday: https://blandinonbroadband.org/2021mnbroadband/
11:20:12 From Mary Magnuson (she/her) to Everyone:
Lezlie mentioned the group that went through our Community Broadband Resources: Accelerate! program – all in east central https://blandinfoundation.org/programs/broadband/community-broadband-resources-accelerate/
11:22:43 From Melinda Miller to Everyone:
Interesting to express the need for service in a city with 60 people. Expressing the mobility of people. How many people pass through on that bike trail in a year?
11:23:27 From Ann Treacy to Everyone:
another, probably easier link to Regional meeting notes (at bottom of page) https://blandinfoundation.org/programs/broadband/annual-conference-2021/#regional-gatherings
11:28:49 From Brenda Johnson SEMLM to Everyone:
Melinda, thousands of people use the bike trail in that area every year. You are correct to bring up that point. It’s important to note.
11:42:35 From Melinda Miller to Everyone:
We heard about the number of people who visit Lake of the Woods every year in NWRDC. I heard 2.7 million visitors to Lake of the Woods. That is a lot of people who may need to call 911.
11:49:25 From Brenda Johnson SEMLM to Everyone:
Melinda, per year, there are more like 100K+ just on that one trail. On the numerous trails throughout SE MN, the numbers would be more in the range you see in NW. Thank you for stressing this so it will be duly noted. It’s often the small communities that are working so hard to address this, and it can be a daunting task.
12:01:23 From Yvonne Cariveau to Everyone:
Diane is a spectacular resource to all of us.
12:01:56 From Brenda Johnson SEMLM to Everyone:
Diane rocks! Thank you, Diane!