NDIA names Casey Sorensen and Munirih Jester the 2019 Charles Benton Digital Equity Champions

Big news from the National Digital Inclusion Alliance conference. Delighted to see that Minnesota’s own Casey Sorenson recognized for his work at PCs for People… The National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) announced the 2019 Charles Benton Digital Equity Champion Award winners: … Continue reading

Benton County Broadband Profile: Wireless pushes the stats today but not for the future

Benton County has been actively seeking to improve broadband for many years. They were part of the ARRA-funded, Blandin-led Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities project; it sought to increase broadband adoption. In 2015, CenturyLink was awarded $382,883 to build broadband infrastructure … Continue reading

Benton Foundation produces two checklists that prepare communities for public private partnerships for broadband

The Benton Foundation has released a new guide on public private partnerships. Spoiler alert: I hate to give away the ending but the appendix includes two checklists that communities at any stage of broadband planning should bring to the table: … Continue reading

Benton County Broadband 2014 Update: Wireless access make a big difference in coverage

In November, Connect Minnesota released their final report on broadband availability. Here is how Benton County stacked up: Household Density: 36.5 Number of Households: 15,079 Percentage serviced (without mobile): 63.38% Percentage serviced (with mobile): 92.79% Often there isn’t a significant difference between … Continue reading

MIRC Community Update: Benton County

As the Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities (MIRC) initiative winds down, demonstration communities are taking time to reflect on what has happened in their community as a result of added focus on broadband and broadband projects in the area. Each community … Continue reading