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Stirring the Pot: Life after MN Legislative Session

Originally posted in Blandin eNews… I hope that the screeching halt to the legislative session does not bring an equally painful pause to community efforts to improve Minnesota’s broadband progress.  Those areas with quality broadband are moving fast ahead of the unconnected places.  Economic developers forced to work on improving broadband are left at the […]

Stirring the Pot: What makes your town special

Originally posted in Blandin eNews… I’m in Austin TX for the Broadband Communities Conference.  Austin is widely noted for talent attraction.  Minnesotans remember Austin grabbing a big 3M expansion in the Perpich years.  Seemingly, decades ago, locals started the “keep Austin weird” movement. Now with corporate campuses, condo towers and traffic everywhere, I expect that […]

Bill Coleman speaks to Arrowhead Regional Development Commission

Today Bill Coleman talked about broadband with local officials serving on the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC) about their options for better broadband for the whole region. (Learn more.) Broadband in the Arrowhead Region (MN)

Stirring the Pot: How to become a Blandin Broadband Community (BBC)

Originally posted in Blandin eNews… Earlier in this E-news blast, you should have seen some details about applying to become a Blandin Broadband Community (BBC).  I would like to fill in more details about why you should consider this intensive initiative for your community. If you have connectivity challenges, becoming a BBC can help align […]

CTAC presents at Connect Rural Broadband Summit in Region 9

Today Bill Coleman presented to the Connect Rural Broadband Summit in Region 9. It was a good opportunity for folks in the area to learn about broadband needs and roads to possible solutions. Broadband 101 for Rural Connect Broadband Summer 

Stirring the Pot: What is your broadband story?

Originally posted in Blandin eNews Over the past weeks, I have been privileged to participate in a number of events hosted by regional development commissions and an Initiative Foundation.  Attendees have included county commissioners, town board members, legislators, tribal government staff, Internet service providers, economic developers, school technologists, bankers and residents.  When we start these […]

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 […]