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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 […]

Stirring the Pot: February: Investment Incentives

As first published in Blandin Broadband eNews February 2012… It seems that the communities with little or no broadband are increasingly feeling the pain of this shortcoming. It is no longer theoretical that they will be left behind sometime in the future. Community leaders recognize that they have been left behind and that the tail lights […]

Making a Community New Year’s Resolution

First published in January 2012 Blandin eNews… Does your  community make New Year’s resolutions?  January is a great opportunity to  bring  people together to talk about goals and improvement.  The Intelligent  Community framework (focusing on: broadband, knowledge workers, innovation,  digital inclusion and marketing/advocacy) provides guidance for organizing and  implementing action.  Through our MN Intelligent Rural […]

November: Stirring the Pot!

First published in Blandin Foundation’s eNews… As I prepared for our Broadband pre-conference webinar over the past week, I thought quite a bit about market development strategies – digital inclusion, increased user sophistication and advanced applications. The picture here portrays a different strategy! Connected Nation data shows that affordability, ignorance of benefits and lack of access are […]

Dakota County Smart21 with help from CTAC

Dakota Future is pleased to announce that For the third year in a row, Dakota County has been named a Smart21 Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. CTAC is led by CTAC founder Bill Coleman. Bill has been working with Dakota County businesses to promote and facilitate better broadband use and deployment to increase economic […]