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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 […]

Sales Tax Is Not the Primary Barrier to Border-to-Border Broadband

Today I have an editorial in the Twin Cities Daily Planet: Sales Tax Is Not the Primary Barrier to Border-to-Border Broadband. I’ve been watching rural areas strive for better broadband for a long time now and I wanted to encourage policymakers to focus on policies that would support and promote better broadband in Minnesota. I […]

Stirring the Pot: February 2014

As originally posted in Blandin eNews… Minnesota’s winters increase the potential value to be tapped from broadband. Imagine realizing the full advantage of broadband with our recent spate of cold weather school closings and the painfully slow snowy commutes to work. Stress would be reduced, time would be recaptured and cars would escape the auto […]

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 December 2013

As originally posted in the Blandin Foundation eNews… Congratulations to Danna MacKenzie, the director of Minnesota’s new Office of Broadband!  I know Danna will be getting lots of advice about the best strategies to move Minnesota forward – tax exemptions, financing programs, new regulations and other ideas. Here is mine! I would encourage all of […]

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: July 2013

As originally posted on Blandin on Broadband blog… As the timeless Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers played “I won’t back down,” at their Minneapolis concert this weekend –  I thought good things about all our community champions in greater Minnesota that keep plugging away on their efforts to improve broadband in their communities and the rural countryside. […]

Stirring the Pot June 2013

As originally posted in Blandin Foundation’s Broadband e-News… Stirring the Pot The nine Blandin Broadband Communities http://tinyurl.com/8d78g5g have now received approvals for the projects that they prioritized  and developed through a good community process – good in that it involved lots  of community folks and moved from needs assessment to project planning to  project funding […]

Stirring the Pot April 2013

As originally posted in the Blandin Foundation April 2013 eNews… Good planning, collaboration and action!  Seems to be the recipe for success. A regional broadband event, a draft feasibility report and an email from a newly satisfied broadband consumer have me thinking about the path to achieving the Minnesota broadband goal. Congratulations to the organizers of […]