Blandin Foundation stands with Minnesota’s rural leaders and communities as they create and claim futures that are resilient, vibrant and connected.
Broadband has revolutionized business, government, education, work and lifestyles. Without robust broadband access and fully technologically literate populations, rural communities will be unable to take advantage of the extraordinary benefits that ultra high-speed, next-generation Internet can provide.
Since 2003, the Blandin Community Broadband Program has engaged at local, state and federal levels to ignite and sustain policies that support rural access to robust broadband. Guiding this work is a strategy board of public and private leaders to guide the initiative, and a vision.
Scroll down for information about our broadband community cohorts and available grants.
Minnesota Broadband County Profiles
Our annual rundown of broadband action across the state — updated for 2020
Learn More About Broadband
Research and reports, past broadband conference materials, tools you can use and success stories.
Broadband Webinar Series
Blandin Broadband Communities Program
Robust Network Feasibility Fund Grants
Community Broadband Resources Program
Arrowhead Intelligent Region
From the Blandin on Broadband Blog
MN Legislature is looking at broadband as a pandemic imperative – funding amount starts in House at $120 million
Mankato Free Press reports… Area lawmakers say broadband funding will be a crucial issue in this year’s legislative session, but no one is certain just how much the state will spend. COVID-related regulations and lockdown efforts exacerbated Greater Minnesota’s need … Continue reading
Senator Aric Putnam highlights need for broadband (St Cloud)
St Cloud Times posts a column from Aric Putnam (Minnesota Senate District 14A) including his interest in working on better broadband… Outside my committee work, I’d like to work on legislation that protects the livelihoods and legacies of family farmers, … Continue reading
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