Minnesota News

Minnesota’s East Central Region and Alexandria Lakes Area make Minnesota’s East Central Region and Alexandria Lakes Area

As originally posted on the Blandin on Broadband blog… Congratulations to both of Minnesota’s East Central Region and Alexandria Lakes Area for making this year’s Smart 21 Communities list.  This recognition means that these communities’ economic development teams are doing some great thinking and working on the future! I have been promoting the Intelligent Community […]

Recognizing the tremendous leadership that benefits rural Minnesota communities every day

As originally post on Blandin on Broadband blog… I want to take this opportunity to recognize the tremendous leadership that benefits rural Minnesota communities every day. Over the last several months, our Blandin team has completed work with one set of four Blandin Broadband Communities (BBCs) and launched initiatives with a new cohort of six BBCs to […]

Blandin Foundation is recruiting communities for broadband support

As originally post on Blandin on Broadband blog… Blandin Foundation offers a couple approaches for communities wanting to work on broadband access and use. The Foundation is recruiting communities right now for both approaches. Blandin Broadband Communities (BBC) – The BBC program requires a community team – City, County, School District, Tribal Government, or multi-county […]

Stirring the Pot: MN Statewide broadband speed test

As originally posted on the Blandin on Broadband blog… Broadband advocates in Saint Louis County have been engaged in a crowd-sourced broadband speed test that is yielding fascinating and useful results.  Approximately 7,000 completed tests have led to clear conclusions made visible through sophisticated GIS mapping tools. Several neighboring counties are now moving forward with a […]

Stirring the Pot: Community Broadband Leadership

As originally posted on the Blandin on Broadband blog… Community broadband leadership is front and center for me right now, stimulated by a recent orientation session for five new Blandin Broadband Communities and the task of creating content for an upcoming Community Broadband Leadership Workshop.  To clarify my thinking on the topic I have been […]

What’s a suburban guy to do?

As originally posted in Blandin Foundation eNews… This morning I received a call from a Dakota County resident near Lakeville.  He sought me out in response a Strib broadband article.  I could feel his frustration right through with his 4 Mb DSL connection. He purchased his home with the expectation of working from home.  The […]

Stirring the Pot: Life after MN Legislative Session

Originally posted in Blandin eNews… I hope that the screeching halt to the legislative session does not bring an equally painful pause to community efforts to improve Minnesota’s broadband progress.  Those areas with quality broadband are moving fast ahead of the unconnected places.  Economic developers forced to work on improving broadband are left at the […]

Stirring the Pot: Good luck grant applicants

Originally posted on Blandin eNews… It’s now September and I want to wish “good luck!” to our MN Twins, Vikings and Gophers as they seek this fall, in the words of Gopher coach PJ Fleck, to be “elite!” Much more importantly, I want to wish good luck to the many communities that are putting the […]

Stirring the Pot: A look at the broadband crisis

Originally posted on Blandin eNews… A short time ago, I heard Andrew Cohill of Design Nine (www.designnine.com) describe the “broadband crisis” faced by communities poorly served with broadband.  The intensity of the truth in that statement is illuminated as I listen to rural residents describe their daily broadband challenges caused by some variable combination of […]

Stirring the Pot: Deciphering Broadband Fact from Fiction

As originally posted in Blandin Foundation eNews… Years ago, after an evening of minor teen misbehavior, I was advised by an older, wiser college student – “Deny everything!”  That strategy did not work out so well in the face of overwhelming evidence gathered by my parents.  Today, however, that strategy seems to have taken over by […]