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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 […]

A report from the Gigabit Highway Conference in Austin TX hosted by the FTTH Council…

Some very interesting presentations at this conference earlier this week.  Here are some highlights… Federal news The FCC USF fund rules are still in development.  With the new chairman, previous decision and priorities may change, including the rules for competitive bidding.  Speaker Tom Cohen suggests that communities and providers need to be ready to jump […]

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 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 (March 2013)

As originally posted in Blandin on Broadband eNews… Good planning, collaboration and action!  Seems to be the recipe for success. Over the past couple weeks, our Blandin team has seen the fruits of the harvest of our MIRC communities and new seeds planted in our new BBC communities.  In addition, we have seen what a small group, […]

Blandin-led MIRC Partnership wins Tekne Award

Billed as the “Academy Awards for high tech,” rural Minnesota communities and partners received a Tekne Award in Minneapolis on Nov. 1 from the Minnesota High Tech Association for their work on broadband access and adoption.  Representatives of the Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities (MIRC) initiative collected the “Innovative Collaboration Award” in front of a crowd of […]

MFE building fiber for Ramsey County

Minnesota Fiber Exchange (MFE) was featured in the Pioneer Press this weekend for their work with Ramsey County building two fiber optic networks throughout the county. One will be reserved exclusively for county traffic; the second will be owned by MFE, who plans to lease fiber to intermediaries who will provide broadband service to end […]

CTAC founder quoted in Twin Cities Business article on Broadband

Twin Cities Business recently ran an article on broadband access and adoption in Minnesota. The article recognized the important of broadband… To thrive in the 21st century, Minnesota businesses, state agencies, schools, health care organizations, and private citizens need high-speed Internet access. A recent survey by the Pew Research Center showed that Internet technology is […]