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Stirring the Pot: Deploying $35 million in broadband grants in Minnesota

As originally posted on the Blandin on Broadband blog… With the $35 million of broadband funding now signed into law, both communities and telecom providers are beginning the process of project development. Some have projects lined up, engineering completed, business cases prepared and partnerships in place. Others are just getting started in their project planning. […]

Chisago Lakes Area celebrates $100,000 award and next step toward America’s Best Community!

Bill Coleman is celebrating with his clients – the Chisago Lakes team in the America’s Best Communities competition. Bill has been facilitating the community participation and process over the past year in partnership with a great community leadership team. Chisago Lakes is now one of eight finalists competing for $6 million dollars in prize money […]

Bill Coleman testifies at Minnesota House Committee Meeting on broadband speeds and funding

See more at the Blandin on Broadband blog.

Minnesota needs to focus on 2026 broadband speed – 100/20 Mb

As originally posted on the Blandin on Broadband blog… As the legislative session passes the midway point, it seems like a good time to review the hot broadband topics. These are my own personal reflections on the discussion. The question of how much money should be appropriated is still open. The Governor and the Senate […]

Bill Coleman testifies at Minnesota House meeting on broadband

Yesterday Bill Coleman spoke to the Minnesota House on HF 2381. You can hear his testimony below. Bill had prepared notes as well… MN Response Summary to the Broadband Opp Council  Good afternoon Chairman Garafalo and members of the committee. Thank you for this opportunity to testify before you today. I will quickly address three […]

Stirring the Pot: Understanding CAF 2

As originally posted in Blandin on Broadband… Nothing has confused rural community broadband policy discussion more lately than the FCC CAF2 funding program. $500 million dollars to rural Minnesota over the next six years is the good news; a minimum 10 Mb/1 Mb standard is the bad news. CenturyLink, Frontier, Windstream and Consolidated Communications (formerly […]

Stirring the Pot: Broadband Grant Help Available

As originally posted in the Blandin Broadband eNews… Congratulations to the BBC’s, the alumni communities and their stakeholder groups for the recently awarded Blandin Foundation grants. Overall, there’s a great group of projects to be implemented across rural Minnesota. It is amazing what a relatively small grant of $10,000 or less can do in the […]

Chisago Lakes Area named semi finalist in America’s Best Communities challenge

Chisago Lakes – a collaborative community just north of the Twin Cities, has been named as a semi-finalist in the America’s Best Communities program sponsored by Frontier Communications, Dish Network, the Weather Channel and Co-Bank.  The community now has a one-in-five chance to win a prize work $1 million dollars or more.  The effort has […]

Focus your broadband marketing on the right audience

As originally posted on the Blandin on Broadband blog… Stirring the Pot Words count!  I heard that message again and again at the Border to Border Broadband Conference.  What do providers want to hear to entice their interest in partnerships?  What do county commissioners need to hear to spur their commitment of funds?  And what […]

Impact of CAF 2 on Minnesota and opportunity for leadership

As originally posted in the Blandin Foundation eNews… The Connect America Fund 2 (CAF2) is a significant federal commitment to broadband in rural Minnesota. CenturyLink, Frontier and Windstream have all agreed to accept CAF2 funds totaling almost $500 million dollars over six years. This amount is more than half of what the state broadband taskforce […]