Community Broadband Resources from Blandin

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A Presentation for the Blandin Foundation 2008 Broadband Conference, Connecting Communities: Making the Net Work in Minnesota.

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Community Broadband Resources from Blandin

  1. 1. Community Broadband Resources Flexible Technical Assistance to meet Community Needs
  2. 2. Four Components of Community Technology Network Services Subscription Sophistication Community Broadband Resources can assist in any of these areas!
  3. 3. Blandin Community Broadband Resources <ul><li>Blandin Foundation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.blandinfoundation.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Flexible Technical Assistance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>up to 32 hours of assistance to communities or groups of communities outside the 7 county metro area </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How do we get in on this? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Review the program materials online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recruit some project partners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Apply online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Receive rapid approval </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Types of Projects <ul><li>Community Leadership Seminars </li></ul><ul><li>Community Technology Assessments </li></ul><ul><li>Market Development Strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Provider Partnership Discussions </li></ul><ul><li>Key Users Discussions </li></ul><ul><li>Economic Development Strategies </li></ul>
  5. 5. Results <ul><li>Overall – take rates increased faster in Get Broadband communities than statewide rural average </li></ul><ul><li>Business use of Internet increased with greater connectivity and more web sites </li></ul><ul><li>Communities formed productive relationships with existing providers for economic development, faster speeds and lower prices </li></ul>
  6. 6. Case Studies <ul><li>City of Clearwater </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Heidi Pepper </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SHE </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lac qui Parle County </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pam Lehman </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lac qui Parle EDA </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Blandin Broadband Portal <ul><li>A resource for communities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Community networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Market development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Application examples </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http:// broadband.blandinfoundation.org </li></ul>
  8. 8. Supporting Community Leadership <ul><li>Blandin on Broadband blog </li></ul><ul><li>Conferences and Training </li></ul><ul><li>“Hot Sites” articles </li></ul><ul><li>Blandin E-News </li></ul>
  9. 9. Questions? For more information Blandin Foundation Bernadine Joselyn 218-327-8728 [email_address] Community Technology Advisors Bill Coleman 651-491-2551 [email_address]

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