Invitation to talk public ownership models at Blandin Lunch Bunch on March 10

As originally posted on the Blandin on Broadband blog… Stirring the Pot – by Bill Coleman Part One For rural community broadband champions, pursuing better broadband has never been more complicated.  Factors that currently have me thinking, if not stumped include: RDOF Will the winning RDOF bidder be approved by the FCC? If yes, what will […]

Stirring the Pot: Blandin Broadband Lunch Bunch Jan 13

As originally posted on Blandin on Broadband eNews…’ In any other time, I would be starting this column with a breezy Happy New Year and offering platitudes for sunny skies ahead.  Instead, uncertainty tending towards gloom fills the air in my office and over Zoom. My hope for clear broadband skies has been crushed by […]

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 

Bill Coleman testifies at Minnesota House Committee Meeting on broadband speeds and funding

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A report from the Gigabit Highway Conference in Austin TX hosted by the FTTH Council…

Some very interesting presentations at this conference earlier this week.  Here are some highlights… Federal news The FCC USF fund rules are still in development.  With the new chairman, previous decision and priorities may change, including the rules for competitive bidding.  Speaker Tom Cohen suggests that communities and providers need to be ready to jump […]

Presentation in Trout Lake Township

Earlier this month Bill Coleman visited Trout Lake Township to talk to them about broadband and economic development. He partnered with Mark Zimmerman of Itasca Economic Development Corporation to give a brief presentation. where he discussed the various types of broadband with their associated strengths and weaknesses as well as costs.  Mark Zimmerman talked about the three projects […]

Dakota Future hosts Minnesota Broadband Task Force Monthly Meeting

Yesterday Bill Coleman led the hosting team at Dakota County, welcoming the Minnesota Broadband Task Force, who held their monthly meeting in Dakota County. It was an opportunity for CTAC client Dakota Future to showcase much of the work that Dakota County has done in terms of promoting and facilitating better broadband for better business. […]

CTAC leads discussion at 2011 MN Broadband Conference

CTAC Founder Bill Coleman was on the planning committee for the 2011 Policy & Progress: Border to Border Broadband conference. The conference was a great success and Bill moderated one of the top sessions: Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities; Demonstration Community Project Coordinators. It was a lively discussion highlighting the broadband adoption projects happening around the […]

Free webinar on Public-Private Partnership in Broadband

On Tuesday CTAC founder Bill Coleman will be presenting a free webinar for the Blandin Foundation as a lead up to the 2011 Fall Broadband Conference (Policy & Progress: Border to Border Broadband). Pre-Broadband Conference Webinar – Public-private partnerships in broadband Date:Wednesday, October 26, 2011 Time:12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Location:Online Cost:FREE With stimulus funds […]

Notes from the National Rural Telecon Congress

The National Rural Telecon Congress met last week in Mesa, AZ and the meeting was a very interesting gathering of folks discussing how to promote access and use of broadband in rural communities. I have been involved with the Congress for about 10 years and it was good to renew acquaintances with some of the […]