Client Updates

Stirring the Pot: Broadband is like owning a boat

As originally posted in Blandin Foundation Broadband eNews… After a couple years without a fishing boat, I knew that I needed to get back out onto the water.  Like many broadband-deficient communities, I realized that life without a boat is a life incomplete.  I had tried fishing from a kayak and from shore, but it […]

Congrats to Chisago new Americas Best Community – now in line for chance at $3 million

Last fall, Frontier Communications and Dish Network developed a $10 million partnership set on driving growth and revitalization in rural towns and cities within the telco’s 27-state territory – including Minnesota. It’s called the Americas Best Communities. It’s fun to see that Chisago Lake Area made the cut! Bill Coleman worked with Chisago. In fact […]

Stirring the Pot: A little public funding sweetens the broadband deal

As originally posted in Blandin on Broadband… To quote Mary Poppins, “A spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down!” That promise of that sugar, soon to be available from the Office of Broadband and from the FCC, is providing motivation for public and private sectors to talk about partnering. What is amazing to […]

Stirring the Pot: Less beer, more fiber

As originally posted on Blandin on Broadband… By Bill Coleman, Community Technology Advisors As my annual physical approaches, I can already hear my doctor proscribing “Less beer, more fiber.” I am already working on the second part of that advice, the first not so much. In turn, I will give the same advice to our […]

Stirring the Pot: Connecting the dots

As originally posted on Blandin on Broadband… Stirring the Pot By Bill Coleman, Community Technology Advisors “Connecting the dots” is a metaphor for people who can see the big picture in a complex world of technology, people and trends. In past weeks, I have seen the positive value of connecting people so that 1 + […]

Stirring the Pot: TIme to think about Gig for MN communities!

Stirring the Post – as originally posted on the Blandin on Broadband blog… It seems like a very exciting time for broadband advocates in Minnesota: a new Office of Broadband Development led by a capable, visionary and persistent community broadband advocate (the characteristics shared with all of our best community broadband champions); a prospective multi-million […]

Stirring the Pot (March 2014)

As originally posted on Blandin Broadband eNews … The Minnesota broadband policy pot is beginning to simmer and will soon be at a boil. For the first time, we have the following in place at one time: an Office of Broadband Development, aggressive state task force funding recommendations, a team of legislative champions, and proposed […]

Stirring the Pot: Jan 2014

As first posted on the Blandin on Broadband blog… It has been fun for Karl Samp and me to work with the nine Blandin Broadband Communities as they developed partnerships and project plans for another round of BBC grant applications. Critical to their success are the teams that are functioning well in bringing the right […]

Stirring the Pot Oct 2013

As originally posted on the Blandin on Broadband eNews… Just when you think that you know it all, you get new information that messes with your confident line of thinking.  This morning, I saw a summary of a study by the Leichtman Research Group that claims that almost 80% of American households have a broadband […]

Stirring the Pot May 2013

As originally posted on Blandin on Broadband… Question: What does our extended cold and snowy weather have in common with broadband? Answer: The promise of 10-20 Mb ubiquitous broadband and 70 degrees and sunny weather both seem like they will never come! We do know that 70 and sunny will be here sometime in the next 90 […]