EVENT Nov 17: MN Black Broadband Summit

The Black Broadband Summit is happening later this week in Minneapolis. I’m not able to attend because it’s at the same time at the MN Broadband Task Force but it looks interesting, Tickets are $25…

During the pandemic, many black and brown families were left behind due to the digital divide. Some families could not afford the internet because of the monopoly internet providers had in the Twin Cities area. Project Nandi was founded because our founder Ini Augustine wanted to make a change. She had seen firsthand the damage done to her community by the pandemic. Social injustice hit close to home with the George Floyd protests. With her experience being a network engineer she had the vision to make a community-owned internet cooperative a reality.


The goal of the Black Broadband summit is to discuss our shared experiences around lack of access. We will learn how the internet works, and discuss community led solutions to closing the digital divide. Please join us to bring change to the Twin Cities. November 17th from 10 am-3 pm.

Here’s another description from MENAFN

In lower-income communities like Cedar-Riverside, CenturyLink only offers internet service of 10 megabits per second, which isn’t really even broadband. Internet providers in the twin cities have been engaging in digital redlining for decades. This November 17th from 10 AM-3 Pm, the inaugural is launching a community-led mission. Join us to discuss our communities’ shared experiences around the lack of access to internet & technology. Together, we will tell our stories of digital inequity, and Organize for Community Empowerment. We’ll develop solutions to the barriers that exist, & prepare for a future without them.
“It is long past time for us to make technology that works for us. Each year that passes, our children fall further behind educationally, & the places we live become less safe. Our families need us to step into this moment. I hope you can join us, & our mission to take urgent action to close the digital divide.”, Executive Director,
The Black Broadband Summit will be a revolutionary event in the Twin Cities, the first of its kind. This event is generously sponsored by Global Entrepreneurship Week Minnesota and Nexus Community Partners, AM 950, Voqal,& The Minneapolis foundation.
We will be creating the first black-run, black-owned internet cooperative in the Twin Cities. Our ISP will be designed and run by the people most impacted by the digital divide. The summit is open to everyone with an interest in creating accessible, community-led solutions to the digital divide.

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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