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Stirring the Pot: Maximizing community broadband

As originally posted on Blandin on Broadband… It is so interesting to review the Blandin on Broadband blog reports on county connectivity.  Many counties are making great progress on achieving the 100 Mb/20 Mb state goal.  The next big community challenge will be to maximize the value derived from this combination of significant investment by […]

Stirring the Pot: Celebrating community broadband volunteers

As originally posted on Blandin on Broadband… Minnesota’s communities are full of great citizen volunteers working to improve both broadband access and use as an essential component of community vitality.  In every community that I visit, there is one or more volunteers putting in hundreds of hours for the betterment of their community. Through their efforts, […]

Stirring the Pot: Decision making in community broadband

As originally posted on Blandin on Broadband… Decisions are not getting any easier for community leaders working on broadband.  The pressure to do something is increasing as the impact of being un- or underserved mount, yet new wireless technologies are providing more strategy options. Consider just these two alternatives from the many out there for […]

Stirring the Pot: Preparing for MN Broadband Grant applications

As originally posted in Blandin on Broadband eNews… Thanks to the good work of the MN Rural Broadband Coalition and politicians keeping their promises, there is $40 million of funding coming through DEED Office of Broadband Development for grants to be distributed over the two year budget.  As a result, many community leaders are now […]

Support the Minnesota Rural Broadband Coalition

As originally posted in the Blandin Foundation eNews… Bernadine is fond of the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia classic quote: “Somebody has to do something and isn’t it pathetic that it has to be us?”  While this is true no matter where you live or work, I find it especially true in rural communities.  During meeting […]

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 […]