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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 […]

Stirring the Pot: Rural Development Opportunity Fund (RDOF)

As originally posted on the Blandin on Broadband blog… Community broadband advocates need to take a look at the Rural Development Opportunity Fund (RDOF) funding that will be made available via the latest FCC’s funding program for rural broadband.  Communities should engage with their preferred provider partners now to encourage them to bid for this […]

Stirring the Pot: Community Broadband Leadership

As originally posted on the Blandin on Broadband blog… Community broadband leadership is front and center for me right now, stimulated by a recent orientation session for five new Blandin Broadband Communities and the task of creating content for an upcoming Community Broadband Leadership Workshop.  To clarify my thinking on the topic I have been […]

Stirring the Pot: Working with communities that get State Grants

As originally posted on the Blandin on Broadband blog… Two of the three communities that participated in our Community Broadband Planning Charrette at the October 2018 Broadband Conference formed public-private partnerships that received significant state broadband grant awards announced last week.  That is a pretty good result just over one year.  Both Koochiching (w/Paul Bunyan) […]

Stirring the Pot: Supporting Entrepreneurship

As originally posted on the Blandin on Broadband blog… Doug Dawson, in his always interesting blog “Pots and Pans”, has an informative article about Chattanooga and their efforts to support entrepreneurship, spur innovation and address digital equity (https://potsandpansbyccg.com/2020/01/06/leveraging-the-benefits-of-fiber/).  I highly recommend that you subscribe to this blog as well as the Blandin on Broadband (blandinonbroadband.org) […]

Stirring the Pot: Thankful for community leaders

As originally posted on the Blandin on Broadband blog… In this season of gratitude, I am grateful to be able to work with the great team at Blandin Foundation and the many community leaders working to improve broadband across greater Minnesota.  The Leadership Awards presented at the fall broadband conference recognized only the tip of […]