Client Updates

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: Broadband Vision and Values

As originally posted on Blandin on Broadband While on vacation and reading randomly on Facebook and Twitter, I read an excellent article about someone retiring from the US Department of State after a long career.  The article is long gone from my news feed. His career distilled to its essence – “Never underestimate your ability […]

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 […]

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 […]

Stirring the Pot: Reductions in State Broadband Support

As originally posted in the Blandin on Broadband eNews… Uncertainty seems to describe the current broadband environment in Minnesota and beyond.  This uncertainty makes it hard for local community broadband initiatives to plan a path forward causing delay and frustration. Here in Minnesota, we are all awaiting the final passage of the Office of Broadband […]