MN Broadband Task Force releases annual report
The Broadband Task Force released their latest annual report. They recommend $35.7 million a year for ongoing broadband grants. https://wp.me/p3if7-4qx Word is spreading in local media. https://wp.me/p3if7-4r5
Minnesota Policymakers on Broadband
Federal (and International) Policy Topics
Local Broadband News
Broadband efforts in Aitkin County mean Wifi is filling the gap between the haves and have-nots https://wp.me/p3if7-4rZ
Bois Forte Band, Cook & Orr
Broadband efforts in Orr, Cook and Bois Fotre Band include digital inclusion classes, broadband upgrade and new equipment https://wp.me/p3if7-4rA
Why is Bemidji best? Courageous conversations, Broadband and Art https://wp.me/p3if7-4so
Chisholm broadband efforts include wifi on buses, in parks, to check out and an upcoming coworking space https://wp.me/p3if7-4rw
Dakota County shares Broadband Joint Powers Agreement https://wp.me/p3if7-4rI
Ely broadband efforts include a feasibility study, community portal and helping local businesses do online marketing https://wp.me/p3if7-4rv
50 Seniors in Hibbing get PCs thanks to PCs for People https://wp.me/p3if7-4sE
Broadband efforts in Hibbing are helping businesses and students better use technology https://wp.me/p3if7-4sb
E-marketing training changes a Hibbing business completely https://wp.me/p3if7-4qv
Isanti County broadband survey indicates community needs more broadband https://wp.me/p3if7-4t0
Lyon County gets results of broadband feasibility study https://wp.me/p3if7-4rE
Mille Lacs is unhappy about not getting broadband grant https://wp.me/p3if7-4r8
Broadband efforts in Mountain Iron take the form of lots of training and getting kids excited about technology https://wp.me/p3if7-4s8
Midco acquires fixed wireless provider from NW Minnesota https://wp.me/p3if7-4sU
Palisade works with a local provider to get wireless access in town and encourage FTTH https://wp.me/p3if7-4sK
Public-Private Partnership is working with Sunrise Townships, CenturyLink and MN State Grant https://wp.me/p3if7-4sW
Super Bowl hype brings more wireless solutions to the Twin Cities https://wp.me/p3if7-4sg
AT&T Boosts Minneapolis area mobile coverage for Super Bowl https://wp.me/p3if7-4rq
Comcast is increasing Internet speeds for Twin Cities Customers https://wp.me/p3if7-4qT
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Stirring the Pot – by Bill Coleman
The big game will have come and gone by the time you read this post. A week from now, most of the event and marketing glitz will be removed – zip lines, ice sculptures, event stages and tents. But some things will remain in place, especially newly installed telecommunications infrastructure. At the next Broadband Task Force meeting, Minnesota’s largest ISPs will share details of their recent investments in a super-connected environment that I imagine encompasses most of downtown Minneapolis, the Mall of America and 494 strip, US Bank Stadium, the airport and other key sites.
This is a preview of the future that raises all kinds of question about the future. For rural community leaders, key questions include:
- Who is going to bring this level of connectivity to your community?
- If yes, when will they do it?
- Will you leave these decisions to others?