Minnesota News

Building a case for $35 – $50 Million per Year for the Border to Border Broadband Grant Program

Legislators need to be aware of the broadband planning occurring in Greater Minnesota.  Counties are taking the lead and banding together to achieve cost savings and scale.  They share a goal to provide a long-term, high quality broadband solution that meets 2026 state broadband goals for all of their county residents, while rejecting partial solutions […]

Stirring the Pot – speaking to legislators about broadband

As originally posted in Blandin on Broadband… Those readers that know me know that I can go on about broadband for a long time.  I can talk about broadband demand, technologies, economic impact, private-public partnerships and just about any other broadband topic.  So, I am facing a considerable challenge when I consider how to best […]

Bill Coleman discusses broadband on AM950 – the impact of broadband on rural areas

Mike McIntee of AM950 spoke to Bill Coleman (speaking on behalf of the Minnesota Broadband Coalition) about broadband in Minnesota yesterday. (The broadband discussion starts at minute 31:35.) Bill draws from his experience working with communities across the state as well as recent research on broadband in Minnesota. They talk about the impact of not […]

Stirring the Pot – More thoughts on partnering

As originally posted on the Blandin on Broadband blog… More thoughts on partnering… Based on the number of prospective Border to Border grants that I have been hearing about,  I was thinking about how competitive this grant round will be.  This is a new world for both providers and communities.  At a recent Blandin Foundation […]

Bill Coleman in Brainerd Dispatch: Leadership could have been historic

Bill Coleman’s letter to the editor in the Brainerd Dispatch… As a rural broadband advocate and consultant, I read Rep. Kresha’s June 2 letter with interest. I agree that he is one of the House GOP’s leading voices on broadband, but that voice is weak and out of tune with the needs of greater Minnesota. […]

Minnesota needs to focus on 2026 broadband speed – 100/20 Mb

As originally posted on the Blandin on Broadband blog… As the legislative session passes the midway point, it seems like a good time to review the hot broadband topics. These are my own personal reflections on the discussion. The question of how much money should be appropriated is still open. The Governor and the Senate […]

Stirring the Pot: Legislators need to hear that broadband is urgent

As originally posted in Blandin on Broadband blog… I am faced with two contradictory observations about broadband right now.  First, the intensity of desire for and the impatience for improvement of broadband has never been higher if our Blandin Broadband Communities are representative of rural Minnesota. Infrastructure and service discussions are dominating our recently completed […]

Stirring the Pot: the “un-connected” struggle more as gap widens

As originally posted in the Blandin on Broadband blog… Since the New Year, Community Technology Advisors has been working with the ten new Blandin Broadband Communities. We are helping them move from Steering Team formation to Vision creation and the resulting project development.   Participation has been fantastic with strong cross-sector attendance and leadership. Mayors, school […]

Stirring the Pot: the broadband policy discussion is fast and furious

As originally posted in the Blandin on Broadband blog… So much going on with broadband these days. It is hard to keep up! Ten new Blandin Broadband Communities have jumped in with enthusiasm and commitment over the past month of activities. Our kick-off meeting in Willmar opened the eyes of their coordinators and teams to […]

Minnesota Communities Cosnider Public Options as They Wait for Yes from Private Partners

Yesterday MinnPost ran an article (To close rural broadband gap, Minnesota communities consider public option) that highlighted Minnesota communities that have sought publicly supported broadband networks. Having worked with communities on broadband networks for more than 15 years I thought I’d share my two cents. The following was published as a comment to the original […]