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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 […]

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 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, […]