ILSR is looking for interns for the Community Broadband Networks Initiative team

A great opportunity for the right person(s)…

We’re looking for an Intern to join the Community Broadband Networks Initiative team. The position is flexible with regard to hours and is based in our Minneapolis office. If you’re interested in working with us on Internet policy, check out the position posting and let us know.

DESCRIPTION

Interested in Internet policy issues? Want to work in an exciting field to build more resilient economies and encourage more vibrant democracy? Want to have fun doing meaningful work?

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance seeks a part-time or full-time paid intern for its Community Broadband Networks program.

Our Ideal Intern

  • Is enthusiastic about technology policy and believes in balancing private interests with public interests
  • Writes compelling, well-researched and concise articles on a short deadline
  • Can juggle multiple tasks
  • Works independently
  • Is creative – graphics, videos, audio, whatever. Multimedia is wonderful.
  • Is confident calling people to interview them over the phone
  • Is self-directed
  • Has some background knowledge of economics and public policy

The Kinds of Things We Do

 

  • We run MuniNetworks.org – the hub of the community networks movement
  • Create fact sheets, reports, videos, podcasts, and the occasional comic. The White House relied on our research for its own report on broadband networks
  • Advise communities on how to improve Internet access for businesses and residents
  • Educate the media and policymakers on Internet policy

HOW TO APPLY

  • Send an email to broadband@muninetworks.org with Subject Line: ILSR INTERNet Application
  • Explain in 3 paragraphs why you are the ideal intern.
  • Attach a resume and writing sample (or relevant creative work)
  • Please do not call

BENEFITS

  • Flexible hours
  • Experience in the fast paced high tech public policy world
  • Pay based on qualifications and time commitment.

Get your responses in by August 18, 2017. If you are incredible, we may create another position. Never hurts to try.

Danna MacKenzie to receive 2017 Community Broadband Hero of the Year Award

Pleased to share this good news for a friend who is doing a terrific job and has earned the accolades…

The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) today announced that Danna MacKenzie, executive director of the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development, is the recipient of the 2017 Community Broadband Hero of the Year Award.

NATOA honors outstanding individuals and projects that work to improve government and public options in broadband technology. The organization’s awards recognize and highlight some of the many extraordinary local efforts to bring the benefits of broadband to communities.

“Commuting eight hours each week from her home in northern Minnesota, Danna MacKenzie brings relentless energy and commitment to expanding rural broadband access,” said Lt. Governor Tina Smith. “Since she launched Minnesota’s rural broadband initiative four years ago, Danna’s expertise and deep knowledge of rural communities has helped us expand high-speed internet access to 25,949 households, 3,176 businesses and 244 community institutions. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award. Congratulations, Danna!”

“I am very pleased that the work Danna is leading is receiving such great praise,” said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy. “Quality, affordable access to broadband is a necessity in today’s education and business environments. I know that Danna and her team are committed to bringing that access to all Minnesotans.”

“This award is really for all of the people in Minnesota working on and supporting this issue,” MacKenzie said. “This shows that here in Minnesota we have a constellation of leaders, advocates, policymakers and doers all acting on a shared vision of bringing quality, affordable broadband access to all.”

The Office of Broadband Development, located within the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), was created in 2013 under Gov. Mark Dayton with the goal of developing high-speed internet access throughout the state by 2022 through the Border-to-Border Broadband Grant Program. Since 2014, the state has invested a total of $66 million in this effort. During the 2017 legislative session, another $20 million was appropriated for the grant program.

NATOA is a national association representing the needs and interests of local governments and consortiums in promoting community interests in communications. Membership is predominately composed of local government agencies, staff and elected officials.

ICANN New Global Indigenous Ambassador Program – expenses paid to meeting in United Arab Emirates

This would be a tremendous opportunity for the right person. And I’d love for that right person to be from Minnesota…

ICANN Announces Global Indigenous Ambassador Program

14 June 2017

LOS ANGELES – 14 June 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced the creation of the Global Indigenous Ambassador Program. The program establishes two Indigenous Ambassadors, to be selected from underrepresented indigenous communities. Through the inclusion of a broader and more diverse base of knowledgeable constituents, ICANN will be better equipped to support the next generation of the global Internet community. “This is an exciting opportunity for two Indigenous Ambassadors to learn about ICANN and the At-Large community, representing the best interests of Internet end users,” states Loris Taylor, President & CEO, Native Public Media.

ICANN is now accepting applications for two Global Indigenous Ambassadors. Applicants must be members of unserved or underserved tribal or native communities and meet the ICANN Fellowship Program criteria[icann.org]. Selected participants will receive travel, hotel, and per diem for the ICANN60 Conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to be held 28 October – 3 November 2017.

The deadline for submitting applications is 6 July 2017.

Tekne Award applications and nominations open!

It would nice to see rural Minnesota dominate the awards! From the MHTA…

Tekne Award applications and nominations open!
Applications and nominations for the 2017 Tekne Awards are now open! The Tekne Awards celebrate innovation in Minnesota’s science and technology industries. The 2017 Tekne Awards have 15 categories and the application deadline is July 28. APPLY TODAY!

Looking for a job as a Broadband Installer Specialists?

Just in case anyone is looking for a job after the long weekend, Mediacom is hiring…

Broadband Installer Specialists
Looking for a Full Benefits Package?
Do You Like to Work with Technology?
Looking for a Good Training Program & Long Term Career Path?

Broadband Installer Technician

Our Installers get to work with the latest in broadband technology that provides cable, internet, phone, and home security services. With our training, you learn to install, troubleshoot and resolve service problems. Must have high school diploma or GED, a valid driver’s license, good driving record and ability to use a ladder and lift up to 70 lbs. We provide paid training, tools and equipment along with the company vehicle and cover all costs associated with the vehicle. This is NOT seasonal or contract work. We hire FULL TIME EMPLOYEES …

Required Experience/Skills:
High school diploma or GED required. Trade school training preferred.
Valid driver’s license; satisfactory driving record required.
0 to 2 years experience.
Ability to interpret and correctly fill out various work order forms provided by the Company.
Ability to interact with customers and co-workers; ability to communicate verbally.
Good written and oral communication skills.
Ability to work in all weather conditions and at various heights.
Ability to work flexible work hours, including evenings, weekends, holidays and overtime as required.

To view a full description and to apply, visit: www.mediacomcable.com/careers

Mediacom has broadband jobs available in MN

Mediacom is hiring. It’s a bonus consequence to their growth plans and I suspect their recent Border to Border grants (in Harris Township and Fayal Township) help with hiring too!

I’m sharing to help highlight the continued benefits of broadband expansion – but also to help connect the right people to the right opportunities. Good luck!

Broadband Installer Specialists Needed

A little different from my usual post – but if it helps someone find a job and helps someone else get faster broadband well then…

Looking for a Full Benefits Package?

Do You Like to Work with Technology?
Looking for a Good Training Program & Long Term Career Path?

Broadband Installer Technician

Our Installers get to work with the latest in broadband technology that provides cable, internet, phone, and home security services.  With our training, you learn to install, troubleshoot and resolve service problems.  Must have high school diploma or GED, a valid driver’s license, good driving record and ability to use a ladder and lift up to 70 lbs.  We provide paid training, tools and equipment along with the company vehicle and cover all costs associated with the vehicle.

****This is NOT seasonal or contract work.  We hire FULL TIME EMPLOYEES …

 

Requirements

Experience/Skills:

  • High school diploma or GED required. Trade school training preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license; satisfactory driving record required.
  • 0 to 2 years experience.
  • Ability to interpret and correctly fill out various work order forms provided by the Company.
  • Ability to interact with customers and co-workers; ability to communicate verbally.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions and at various heights.
  • Ability to work flexible work hours, including evenings, weekends, holidays and overtime as required.

To view a full description and to apply, visit:  http://www.mediacomcable.com/careers
Apply online & call Barb in HR for an immediate phone interview ph:  507-837-4893

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