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Stirring the Pot: Standards and policies matter!

As originally posted in Blandin eNews… The new broadband maps published by the DEED Office of Broadband Development are like a step back in time.  More of Minnesota is considered “unserved” now than previously, breaking a trend that consistently had more Minnesotans covered by adequate broadband over time.  Providers certainly did not shut down services, […]

Stirring the Pot: Community broadband initiatives like the MN Gopher Football Team

As originally posted on Blandin on Broadband eNews… Stirring the Pot I’m a big MN Gopher football fan, suffering through some pretty bad teams over the years. But this year, the team has played better and has won some big games. Four years into his stay, Coach Kill has emphasized building a program “Brick by […]

BOOK REVIEW: Brain Gain: How Innovative cities create job growth in an age of disruption

I have been a fan of the Intelligent Community forum for quite a while now. I have attended their annual conference many times and led Dakota County’s Intelligent Communities’ initiative that led to three consecutive years recognition as a Smart 21 Intelligent Community. I also brought the Intelligent Community concept to the Blandin Foundation to […]

Bringing Intelligent Community Forum to rural areas

Applying the Intelligent Community framework established by the Intelligent Community Forum (www.intelligentcommunity.org) to rural communities is a specialty of Community Technology Advisors.  Bill Coleman brought the Intelligent Community framework to the design and implementation of the Minnesota Intelligent Rural Community (MIRC) initiative of the Blandin Foundation.   based on his experience leading Dakota County to […]

Stirring the Pot – November 2013

As first posted in the Blandin Foundation eNews… In the community broadband world, I enjoy my work with the broadband evangelists who work very hard to promote access and use of technology in their communities and regions.  Over the years, I have seen the great results that these champions have brought to their communities. On […]

Connected Communities Dec 3-4

Registration is now open for the annual Blandin Broadband conference, Connected Communities: Making the Net Work for Minnesota. The Blandin Broadband Conference has a reputation as the place for those interested in community broadband, especially from rural Minnesota, to network and learn from their peers. Connect with the knowledge, strategies and opportunities to maximize broadband […]