Public Input Sought On Broadband

Meetings this week will help set legislative agenda on broadband initiatives.

Published on: Nov 11, 2013

To help move Minnesota forward on broadband goals, the Blandin Foundation is helping to organize series of conversations on broadband across the state with Senator Matt Schmit of Red Wing.

The public is invited to attend to help establish the legislative agenda by joining the broadband discussion at one of several scheduled meetings with the senator.

The public is also urged to contact their own legislators to attend the local meetings and become more informed on this important rural Minnesota issue.

Schmit will address local leadership perspective and give background on local broadband initiatives. He will also address how broadband and the lack thereof is affecting health care providers, educators, local government and business.

Public Input Sought On Broadband
Public Input Sought On Broadband

Upcoming meetings (subject to change) are as follows:

• Monday, Nov. 11 from 1-3:00 pm at the Northwest Minnesota Foundation, 201 3rd St. NW, Bemidji
• Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 8-10:00 am in Koochiching – to be rescheduled
• Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 2-4:00 pm at Grand Rapids County Courthouse
• Wednesday, Nov. 13 starting at 8:00 am in Staples
• Wednesday, Nov. 13 starting at 1:00 pm at Mora at the Life Enrichment Center
• Thursday, Nov. 14 starting at 8:30 am in Willmar
• Thursday, Nov. 14 starting at 2:00 pm in Winthrop
• Friday, Nov. 15 starting at 10:00 am in Austin

For meeting locations on Wednesday through Friday, please call the number below.

Since making rural broadband use and access a focus in 2003, the Blandin Foundation has partnered with leaders in more than 60 communities and 80 organizations across the state. Two objectives are at the core of the hundreds of project that have emerged from this work:

 •Sustainable broadband adoption

 •Enriched quality of life and place

Through the Blandin Community Broadband Program, the foundation extends its focus in 2013 and 2014 with up to $1.5 million in grants and technical support available to rural Minnesota communities.

For more information, please contact Mary Magnuson, program administrator, 218-326-0523; or

Or visit the Blandin broadband website at

Information about grants is available at

And you can learn more on the Blandin on Broadband blog: