Spent the morning in HIbbing talking with people about their broadband projects. They have been part of a project (IRBC) with the Blandin Foundation and IRRRB focused on increasing use of broadband in the area. I’ll include full notes below – but a couple of highlights…
- Working on fiber to community building
- Digital marketing consulting with local businesses
- Connectivity through the libraries
- Tech fair for kids
- PCS for people
Spent yesterday afternoon in Ely talking with people about their broadband projects. (It is actually cool up here – so very nice!) They have been part of a project (IRBC) with the Blandin Foundation and IRRRB focused on increasing use of broadband in the area. I’ll include full notes below – but a couple of highlights…
- The have made a big push with digital marketing – classes and consulting
- Their feasibility study has raised some opportunities and options for partnership
- They have a new website to recruit new Elyites – filled with fun videos.
- They have a new coworking space – open only a month and they have 12 members!
There were 15 people in the room this morning in Cook where it seems like building an ark would make as much sense as talking about broadband. They have been part of a project (IRBC) with the Blandin Foundation and IRRRB focused on increasing use of broadband in the area. I’ll include full notes below – but a couple of highlights…
- The library has a point system for teens that engage in the library (volunteer, check out books…). If you get enough points you get to an overnight at the library – taking advantage of broadband there.
- The town halls are connected and offer wifi. People take advantage of it.
- They are looking at classes on broadband as a home security tool.
Here’s a fun reminder of what broadband can really do – make lives better.
The video is from Community O2, an online utility that provides an easy, single sign on, integrated and consistent user interface for a wide range of capabilities which would normally require a user to load and use many individual apps. It is akin to a portal or on-ramp to compile and simply access to favorite online applications.
The West Central Tribune reports…
LTD Broadband recently expanded wireless service to the lakes area of Kandiyohi County with the installation of LTE equipment on water towers in Spicer, on Green Lake, in New London and a tower site by Long Lake.
The company now has 120 towers in Kandiyohi County bringing wireless internet service to rural areas that lack broadband or are underserved.
The newly installed equipment will allow internet download speeds up to 25 mbps with no data caps.
LTD Broadband uses a hybrid fiber and fixed wireless network that provides fast speeds while keeping prices low, especially for customers in remote or sparsely populated rural neighborhoods that are often difficult to serve in a cost-effective way.
“We believe that leveraging existing fiber to deliver high-speed fixed wireless is the best way to continue to expand broadband availability in rural areas,” said Corey Hauer, CEO.
Looks like it happened with the help of Representative Baker…
“This was definitely an area with a need for a better broadband option — and we didn’t have a solution until Rep. Dave Baker linked us up with Kandi Power. Quite simply, we could not have brought service to this area without their help,” Hauer said.
Good news for Minnesota, the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) and Danna Mackenzie, Director of the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development. FCC Chairman Pai recently appointed Danna to serve on the BDAC.
The FCC reports…
In addition, the Chairman has appointed Danna Mackenzie, a member of the BDAC’s Removing State and Local Regulatory Barriers working group, to serve on the BDAC as a representative of the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development. Ms. Mackenzie will also serve as one of the Vice Chairs of the Harmonization working group (along with David Young). “I am pleased that Danna will be joining the full BDAC and will serve as one of the Vice Chairs of the Harmonization working group,” said Chairman Pai. “She is taking on this important responsibility at a critical time for the BDAC as the Harmonization working group resolves differences between the State Model Code and Municipal Model Code to ensure that the model codes are harmonized with each other and with the BDAC’s prior recommendations. I know Danna will do a great job.”
He also appointed BDAC member David Young to serve as Vice Chair of the BDAC.
I plan to be there and take notes.
Governor’s Task Force on Broadband
July 10, 2018
State Capitol, Room 316
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
St Paul, MN 55155
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- 10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Introductions, approval of minutes, public comments
- 10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Nancy Hoffman, Chisago County EDA, Chair of the MN Rural Broadband Caucus
- 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Brad Finstad, State Director, USDA Rural Development
- 11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Update from Office of Broadband Development
- 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Two Studies: Economic Impact of Broadband and Two Rural CAF II Exchanges
- Ann Treacy, Treacy Information Services
- Bill Coleman, Community Technology Advisors
- 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
- 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Review Draft of Annual Report
- 1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Wrap-up/September Meeting Plans