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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 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 […]

Dakota Future hosts Minnesota Broadband Task Force Monthly Meeting

Yesterday Bill Coleman led the hosting team at Dakota County, welcoming the Minnesota Broadband Task Force, who held their monthly meeting in Dakota County. It was an opportunity for CTAC client Dakota Future to showcase much of the work that Dakota County has done in terms of promoting and facilitating better broadband for better business. […]

Stirring the Pot: April 2012

As originally posted in Blandin Foundation’s Broadband eNews: Stirring the Pot Last week in his MPR Blog, Dave Peters took an interesting look at the ever-evolving fiber vs. wireless question. It is a question that I get at every community broadband meeting that I facilitate. On one hand, you have fiber. You know what you […]

Stirring the Pot: March 2012

As originally posted in Blandin Foundation’s Broadband eNews: I am part of a team just starting work on a project in Southwest Alaska – with place names like Kodiak Island, Unalaska and Dillingham. This rural region wants to make best use of a new federal stimulus project that will increase broadband speeds significantly in some places […]