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Invitation to talk public ownership models at Blandin Lunch Bunch on March 10

As originally posted on the Blandin on Broadband blog… Stirring the Pot – by Bill Coleman Part One For rural community broadband champions, pursuing better broadband has never been more complicated.  Factors that currently have me thinking, if not stumped include: RDOF Will the winning RDOF bidder be approved by the FCC? If yes, what will […]

The need for and benefits of last mile high-speed connections are now obvious

As originally posted on the Blandin on Broadband blog… Stirring the Pot – by Bill Coleman Broadband funding is already included and will be expanded in future pandemic and economic stimulus packages. I expect that there will be significant funding linked to both telehealth and distance learning programs.  Minnesotans should be getting ready now to […]

Stirring the Pot: Blandin Broadband Lunch Bunch Jan 13

As originally posted on Blandin on Broadband eNews…’ In any other time, I would be starting this column with a breezy Happy New Year and offering platitudes for sunny skies ahead.  Instead, uncertainty tending towards gloom fills the air in my office and over Zoom. My hope for clear broadband skies has been crushed by […]

Stirring the Pot: ICF deadline Jan 11

Economic developers can get sidetracked from pursuing long-term strategies because of the latest crisis of the day.  Two examples in recent years are day care and housing shortages.  These days, CARES Fund initiatives for small business are hoarding valuable time.  Little time seems to be available for vision setting and strategic planning, but in a […]

Stirring the Pot: Let Broadband Partners Find You

As originally posted in Blandin on Broadband… It was a different experience to participate in the annual broadband conference last month.  It was great to see friends on the Zoom, but I missed all the trappings of a traditional conference – nice Minnesota location, great food, and of course, the hundreds of informal interactions with […]

Stirring the Pot: Access, adoption and use

As originally posted on the Blandin on Broadband blog… Access. adoption and use are the three legs of broadband promotion.  Access is the network.  Adoption is affordability and basic training. Use is increased sophistication of technology by individuals, but also entire economic sectors, like retailing, education, health care and manufacturing.  I have observed the inconsistent pace […]

Stirring the Pot: Boating and broadband

As originally posted on the Blandin on Broadband blog… I recognized a bit of the challenge that broadband providers face this weekend as I was thinking about upgrading my classic 1987 16-foot Lund fishing boat.  Someone made me a tentative offer, somewhat out of the blue.  It is a good boat with a new transom that […]

Stirring the Pot: MN Statewide broadband speed test

As originally posted on the Blandin on Broadband blog… Broadband advocates in Saint Louis County have been engaged in a crowd-sourced broadband speed test that is yielding fascinating and useful results.  Approximately 7,000 completed tests have led to clear conclusions made visible through sophisticated GIS mapping tools. Several neighboring counties are now moving forward with a […]

Stirring the Pot: Broadband end user resources

As originally posted on the Blandin on Broadband blog… Today, I find myself relatively speechless.  In this time of high social anxiety, the Internet is showcasing its power to both support and stress our communities and country.  Rather than personally blathering on, I thought that I would provide a few great sources of information for […]

Stirring the Pot : Eye on the Broadband Prize

As originally posted on the Blandin on Broadband blog… Community broadband leaders need to keep their eyes on the prize – broadband money!  “To the Victors belongs the Spoils.”  In Andrew Jackson’s day, that meant political patronage.  Today, the spoils are fiber optics! In addition to the $20 million (with an additional $10 million in […]