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5G Wireless as Rural Solution: Not any time soon.

As originally posted on Blandin on Broadband… 5G Wireless as Rural Solution: Not any time soon. (Download as White Paper) 5G Wireless as Rural Solution: Not any time soon. Minnesota legislators are now hearing that a market-based broadband solution is near. 5G wireless to the rescue!  Learning that public dollars would not be necessary for […]

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 […]

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. […]

Impact of CAF 2 on Minnesota and opportunity for leadership

As originally posted in the Blandin Foundation eNews… The Connect America Fund 2 (CAF2) is a significant federal commitment to broadband in rural Minnesota. CenturyLink, Frontier and Windstream have all agreed to accept CAF2 funds totaling almost $500 million dollars over six years. This amount is more than half of what the state broadband taskforce […]

Stirring the Pot: The high wire act of public-private partnership

Originally posted in Blandin Foundation eNews… This morning, I saw a picture of one of the famous Wallenda family crossing between Chicago skyscrapers.  So routine was the crossing that Nik Wallenda wore a blindfold.  One of the crossings was downhill at a steep 15% grade.  Obviously that shows great talent and lots of repetitive practice. […]

Stirring the Pot: Blandin Broadband Communities strut their stuff

As originally posted in the Blandin eNews… Stirring the Pot Over the past two weeks and in the near term future, our Blandin team gets the pleasure of hearing our Blandin Broadband Communities’ teams “Strut Their Stuff.”  These presentations are a chance for them to reflect and report on their activities of the past twenty […]

Archive of Bill Coleman on MPR talking about broadband

Earlier this week, Broadband was a hot topic on Minnesota Public Radio’s Daily Circuit. I was honored to be a guest on the show with Margaret Anderson Kelliher, president of the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA). It was interesting to hear questions and stories from the call-in listeners. People are looking for answers. You can hear […]

Bill Coleman talking about broadband in MN on MPR Thursday at 11 am

Bill Coleman will be a guest on Minnesota Public Radio’s The Daily Circuit tomorrow morning (August 14, 2014) from 11 am to noon. He and Margaret Anderson Kelliher, president of the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) are going to talk with Tom Weber about broadband access in Minnesota – what’s the situation right now, what […]

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 […]