Broadband Policy Seminar

Bill Coleman recently worked with the Blandin Foundation to present a Broadband Policy Seminar in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The seminar was held as a precursor to the Ultra High-Speed Broadband Task Force meeting, also held in Grand Rapids. The seminar was well attended and received. Several of the participants went on to make public comments […]

Broadband Task Force on the Road with Policy Seminar Opportunities

This summer the Minnesota Ultra High-Speed Broadband Task Force will be on the road: June 19 – Grand Rapids July 17 – Mankato August 21 – Fergus Falls Also if you’re in or near one of these areas, on behalf of the Blandin Foundation, I’d like to invite you to attend an accompanying Broadband Policy […]

Bill Coleman is currently at the Building the Broadband Economy 2009 Intelligent Community Forum conference in NY this week. He is sending back quick reactions and news from the conference… Eindhoven in the Netherlands has a FTTP open access network. Speeds to the home are 100 Mb. What are they using it for? Good question! […]

Minnesotans convene for broadband stimulus funds

Earlier this week, CTAC founder, Bill Coleman spoke with other members of the Blandin Broadband Initiative team to folks around the state you are interested in improving broadband access in Minnesota. Blandin Broadband Stimulus Pre-Planning View more presentations from atreacy.

Senator Klobuchar’s Broadband Roundtable

Bill Coleman was one of a handful of people asked to speak at Senator Klobuchar’s Broadband roundtable at the Capital this week. Here are his comments on the experience: It was fun to be a part of this meeting and hear the perspective of Senator Klobachar and the importance that she places on broadband development. […]

Sen Klobuchar’s Rural Broadband Roundtable Dec 29 in Mpls

Senator Klobuchar has scheduled a Rural Broadband Roundtable for December 29th at 10:00 a.m. at the State Capitol, Room 125. Roundtable participants will discuss the need for rural communities to have greater investment in and access to high speed broadband internet. Attendees will provide real world examples of the challenges rural communities face as well […]

Minnesota’s Government IT Symposium

The RiverCentre in St. Paul was buzzing with around 1,000 government IT staff and IT vendors this week. By the looks of the agenda, network security and cost-effective network management were two critical topics on the agenda. The goal of my presentation was to let these IT staff understand details about who is online and […]

Blandin Broadband Conference Big Success

The Blandin Broadband conference was a great success last week. More than 140 people registered. I was involved with the Community Broadband Awards as well as the planning of the conference. It was great to help the award winners celebrate their hard work. Each community had different challenges and their own definition of success but […]

Broadband Conference 2 weeks Away

The Blandin Broadband Conference is just two weeks away. So here’s a final reminder about the events and share one new addition. For general information on the conference being held Dec 3-4 in Eden Prairie, please visit the Blandin Foundation web site: Raise Your Voice Blandin is now looking for folks who want to […]

MN Association of Community Telecommunications Administrators

It was my pleasure to participate on the keynote panel discussion this morning at the MN Association of Community Telecommunications Administrators. Milda Hedblom and I had the opportunity to talk about the importance of broadband in communities and strategies for improving broadband services. I always learn something when I listen to Milda and we had an active […]