Closing Reflections #MNBroadband Conference


And a link to each of the sessions:

Visit the Conference page on the Blandin Foundation website for the program and agenda.

Community Broadband Feasibility Charrette Presentations #MNBroadband Conference

Koochiching, Le Sueur, and Waseca county teams will present what they’ve learned about options for broadband deployment in their communities.
Provider Respondent Panel Prospective partner telecom providers share their reactions to the work done by the charrette communities including tips for next steps, additional information required and key considerations for successful partnerships.


Get to Know the Minnesota Rural Broadband Coalition #MNBroadband Conference

Learn why you want to become a member of and actively participate in the Minnesota Rural Broadband Coalition. Coalition leaders will provide an update on the coalition’s past efforts and future strategies for promoting rural broadband deployment.

  • Nancy Hoffman, Chisago County HRA EDA
  • Becky Lourey, Nemadji Research Corp.
  • Vince Robinson, Lincoln County Enterprise Dev Corp
  • Nathan Zacharias, Conservation Strategies

Tools to Track and Build Community Demand #MNBroadband Conference

Convincing a broadband provider to expand service in or to your area can be tough when the homes are few and far between. We will learn about tools that can help you quantify the interest that’s there and that will help build the business case.

Moderated by Diane Wells, MN Office of Broadband Development

  • Paul Solsrud, Cooperative Network Services
  • Damian Smith, City of Lake Shore

Broadband Advocacy: Creating the Message #MNBroadband Conference

In this hands-on session, we will go through the process of developing a message that you can use with local community leaders, policymakers and the general public to help them understand the importance of investing in broadband in the local community.

  • Bernadine Joselyn, Blandin Foundation
  • Ann Treacy, Treacy Information Services

What it Takes: Community Champions Share their Playbook for Pursuing the Broadband They Want and Need #MNBroadband Conference

Communities still striving to get better broadband will tell their broadband stories – the trials, tribulations and successes. They will offer tips on how to keep the conversation alive and remain energized.

Facilitated by Mark Erickson

  • Nancy Hoffman, Chisago County HRA EDA
  • Jan Keough, Cloquet Valley Internet Initiative
  • Whitney Ridlon, MN Dept of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation