Now What? Regional Gatherings Report Out: Next steps for Minnesota’s regions
Building on the regional report-outs from Days One and Two, broadband champions discuss what we can do together to organize for better broadband for all, elected officials respond, and everybody weighs in on next steps.
- Jim Retka, Northwest RDC & Antonio Franklin, Headwaters RDC – Northwest & Headwaters: Regions 1, 2
- Whitney Ridlon, MN Dept of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation – Arrowhead: Region 3 minus Aitkin County
- Greg Wagner, West Central Initiative Foundation – West Central: Region 4
- Michelle Marotzke, Mid-Minnesota Development Commission – Upper MN Valley, Mid-Minnesota, and Southwest: Regions 6W, 6E, 8
- Lezlie Sauter, Pine County EDA – East Central: Region 7E plus Aitkin County
- Laura Kangas, Arvig – Central: Region 7W
- Brenda Johnson, Southeastern MN League of Municipalities – Southeast & South Central: Regions 9, 10
From the session chat:
10:57:12 From nancy hoffman to Everyone: Sorry I have to leave early. Thanks for a great conference.
11:04:53 From Benya Kraus to Everyone: Yes, ditto to thanks!
11:05:34 From Mary Magnuson (she/her) to Everyone: This session’s panelists are listed here at the bottom of the page: https://blandinfoundation.org/programs/broadband/annual-conference-2021/thursday-october-14/
11:23:11 From Yvonne Cariveau to Everyone: It will also help them see their neighbors with broadband and that sometimes helps move things forward…well, THEY have that and are growing…
11:23:51 From Michelle Marotzke to Everyone: Great point, Yvonne. Peer pressure isn’t always bad, right? ☺️
11:25:13 From Brenda Johnson SEMLM to Everyone: Yes to Yvonne and Michelle! 🙂
11:28:26 From Becky Lourey to Everyone: How do cabin owners contribute to these efforts ?
11:29:11 From Jane Leonard to Everyone: Join/support the Coalition here! Keep the rural voice strong! https://mnruralbroadbandcoalition.com/
11:31:05 From Jane Leonard to Everyone: https://mnruralbroadbandcoalition.com/organizational-members
11:32:15 From Jane Leonard to Everyone: https://mnruralbroadbandcoalition.com/become-a-member
11:34:20 From Benya Kraus to Everyone: Have there been good examples of communities having residents individually “pledge” to get connected in order to pitch providers on a reliable take rate?
11:34:51 From Benya Kraus to Everyone: is that actually helpful to providers?
11:37:57 From Benya Kraus to Everyone: Always appreciate how you ground your comments in examples, Whitney.
11:37:58 From Jane Leonard to Everyone: Yes Benya, that’s happened as part of the state broadband grants — I know of a NW Minn example with Wikstrom Telephone, and Nancy — isn’t that what happened in the township in Chisago County (Fish Lake? — can’t remember the name of the township)
11:38:09 From Ariana Rosas to Everyone: Lezlie, did you say 5500 households?
11:39:26 From Ariana Rosas to Everyone: haha no worries. thanks for that.
11:40:06 From Ann Treacy to Everyone: link to profiles https://blandinonbroadband.org/2021mnbroadband/
11:41:12 From Ariana Rosas to Everyone: Thank you.
11:42:47 From Bill Coleman to Everyone: Benya, many of the Co-ops have this type of pledge form as part of a survey that they have on their web sites. Here is an example. https://join.connectctc.com Communities can also gather this data in a more provider-neutral effort by asking survey respondents to provide their email, phone and address as someone who wants broadband. Using GIS mapping tools, it is very illustrative for providers to see “green dots” on a map as prospective customers.
11:44:06 From Mary Magnuson (she/her) to Everyone: Before you go — please complete our day 3 conference evaluation: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GFQMVD5
11:45:58 From Benya Kraus to Everyone: Thanks, all. The CTC link is really fantastic!
11:46:26 From Benya Kraus to Everyone: https://jamboard.google.com/d/1K0cXJ9jvr39vmPvTiH1wEGYZAk2C4IOsXa2_Pk9pLa0/edit?usp=sharing
11:50:05 From Benya Kraus to Everyone: Feel free to type your commitments into the chat if you’d prefer that over using Jam Board
11:50:09 From Benya Kraus to Everyone: I will add them to the board!
11:54:09 From Jane Leonard to Everyone: Keep the broadband equity stories circulating to all of us thru the MN Equity Map — please add your story at https://www.growthandjustice.org/mnequitymap
11:54:56 From Yvonne Cariveau to Everyone: Just placed my Amazon order for his book!
11:55:14 From Jason Walkowiak to Everyone: love the jamboard!
11:56:34 From Cheryl Glaeser to Everyone: Thank you, Blandin and everyone for good discussions!
11:56:48 From Mary Magnuson (she/her) to Everyone: Again, the evaluation: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GFQMVD5
11:57:06 From Marc Johnson to Everyone: Thank you for these great presentations and conversations!
11:57:16 From Anne Brataas to Everyone: Another fantastic idea fest, thank you!
11:57:21 From Timothy Furr to Everyone: Thank you this was fabulous
11:57:26 From Yvonne Cariveau to Everyone: Thanks Bernadine!
11:57:40 From Brenda Nyberg to Everyone: Thank you so much for all of the inspiring content!!!
11:57:46 From Paul Nasvik to Everyone: Thank you!
11:57:48 From Mary Magnuson (she/her) to Everyone: Stay tuned for a wrap-up email with links!
11:57:51 From Scott Cole-Collectivity to Everyone: Well done!!
11:57:56 From Scott Schlueter – Le Sueur City Council to Everyone: thank you
11:57:59 From Yvonne Cariveau to Everyone: Great choice Jane
11:58:06 From Becky Lourey to Everyone: you are wonderful Benya
11:59:23 From Yvonne Cariveau to Everyone: Bye all, have a great rest of your day
11:59:23 From Jason Walkowiak to Everyone: Thanks guys!