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Stirring the Pot: Superbowl, super broadband – what’s the best investment for your community?

As originally posted on Blandin eNews… The big game will have come and gone by the time you read this post.  A week from now, most of the event and marketing glitz will be removed – zip lines, ice sculptures, event stages and tents.  But some things will remain in place, especially newly installed telecommunications […]

Stirring the Pot: Broadband Resolutions

As originally posted on Blandin eNews… While I have my own set of personal resolutions again this year,  I have also created a short list around my broadband work.  Here they are: Get smarter about broadband co-ops RS Fiber has shown that it is possible to create a new broadband cooperative and the citizens in […]

Stirring the Pot: Broadband as important as ice to ice fishing

As originally posted on Blandin eNews… Ice fishing is one of my favorite winter recreation activities, but this year is proving problematic.  You can’t ice fish without ice and good ice is highly preferable to thin ice. We Minnesotans even have rules about ice – four inches to walk, 12 inches for a car.  All […]

Stirring the Pot: The Future is Now

As originally posted on Blandin eNews… Thanks to all who attended the broadband conference.  I have been to many such conferences both here in Minnesota and elsewhere and I have to say that this was a very good event.  Those who could not attend can check out the videos and PowerPoints listed above. We had […]

Stirring the Pot: Border to Border is an ambitious goal

As originally posted on Blandin eNews… My first thought as I write this column is to offer best wishes to the Office of Broadband Development staff as they review, rank and select projects for Border-to-Border grant funding.  Clearly the staff will be living in very interesting times over the next 90 days!  From the outside […]

Stirring the Pot: Good luck grant applicants

Originally posted on Blandin eNews… It’s now September and I want to wish “good luck!” to our MN Twins, Vikings and Gophers as they seek this fall, in the words of Gopher coach PJ Fleck, to be “elite!” Much more importantly, I want to wish good luck to the many communities that are putting the […]

Stirring the Pot: A look at the broadband crisis

Originally posted on Blandin eNews… A short time ago, I heard Andrew Cohill of Design Nine (www.designnine.com) describe the “broadband crisis” faced by communities poorly served with broadband.  The intensity of the truth in that statement is illuminated as I listen to rural residents describe their daily broadband challenges caused by some variable combination of […]

Stirring the Pot: Deciphering Broadband Fact from Fiction

As originally posted in Blandin Foundation eNews… Years ago, after an evening of minor teen misbehavior, I was advised by an older, wiser college student – “Deny everything!”  That strategy did not work out so well in the face of overwhelming evidence gathered by my parents.  Today, however, that strategy seems to have taken over by […]

Stirring the Pot: Perspective drives terminology!

As originally posted in Blandin Foundation eNews… Perspective drives terminology! If our broadband world were as simple as telephone services used to be, we would have broadband to all people and places.  It would be relatively affordable.  It would be world-class in capacity and reliability.  That world was a regulated monopoly where business subsidized residential […]

Stirring the Pot: The gap is deepening

As originally post on Blandin Foundation’s eNews… According to company press releases, this summer will see the launch of Gigabit (1,024 Mb) services by both Mediacom and Midco in many regional centers and smaller communities in Greater Minnesota.  As a cheerleader for better broadband, I believe that this is great news for the businesses and […]