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Stirring the Pot: Maximizing community broadband

As originally posted on Blandin on Broadband… It is so interesting to review the Blandin on Broadband blog reports on county connectivity.  Many counties are making great progress on achieving the 100 Mb/20 Mb state goal.  The next big community challenge will be to maximize the value derived from this combination of significant investment by […]

Stirring the Pot: Celebrating community broadband volunteers

As originally posted on Blandin on Broadband… Minnesota’s communities are full of great citizen volunteers working to improve both broadband access and use as an essential component of community vitality.  In every community that I visit, there is one or more volunteers putting in hundreds of hours for the betterment of their community. Through their efforts, […]

Stirring the Pot: MN Broadband Maps

As originally posted on Blandin on Broadband… As I prepare to go on a nice vacation, I am looking at the calendar of upcoming meetings and presentations for which I need to prepare before getting on the airplane.  Right when I return, I need to do a Broadband 101 for a county board in south […]

Stirring the Pot: Decision making in community broadband

As originally posted on Blandin on Broadband… Decisions are not getting any easier for community leaders working on broadband.  The pressure to do something is increasing as the impact of being un- or underserved mount, yet new wireless technologies are providing more strategy options. Consider just these two alternatives from the many out there for […]

Bringing the countryside to ICF Summit and ICF Summit to MN rural communities

Last week the Blandin Broadband crew led a group of intrepid broadband community leaders to the ICF (Intelligent Community Forum) Summit in New York. It was a great opportunity for us to learn from the Top Seven Smart Communities about what is working in their areas. It was very inspiring. We made some great connections. […]

Stirring the Pot: Preparing for MN Broadband Grant applications

As originally posted in Blandin on Broadband eNews… Thanks to the good work of the MN Rural Broadband Coalition and politicians keeping their promises, there is $40 million of funding coming through DEED Office of Broadband Development for grants to be distributed over the two year budget.  As a result, many community leaders are now […]

What’s a suburban guy to do?

As originally posted in Blandin Foundation eNews… This morning I received a call from a Dakota County resident near Lakeville.  He sought me out in response a Strib broadband article.  I could feel his frustration right through with his 4 Mb DSL connection. He purchased his home with the expectation of working from home.  The […]

Support the Minnesota Rural Broadband Coalition

As originally posted in the Blandin Foundation eNews… Bernadine is fond of the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia classic quote: “Somebody has to do something and isn’t it pathetic that it has to be us?”  While this is true no matter where you live or work, I find it especially true in rural communities.  During meeting […]

Stirring the Pot: What do you want for Christmas? Broadband!

Originally posted in Blandin eNews… For many rural communities, the answer to the “what do you want for Christmas?” question is simple.  “Broadband!” But broadband is a big ask and from my experience, Santa does not always deliver on the big asks.  We may get an envelope with some of the money, but we need […]

Stirring the Pot: broadband requires leadership and technical knowledge and opportunity

Originally posted in Blandin eNews Moving a community broadband initiative forward requires a mystical blend of community leadership and technical/financial knowledge meeting opportunity.  When I review the many successful broadband projects, I see that each project has a unique mix of these elements.  For me, community leadership is the most interesting facet.  Leadership can emerge […]