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Inside the Border-to-Border Grant Program with Christopher Mitchell and Danna MacKenzie
On Wednesday, November 18, 2015, Christopher Mitchell sat down with Danna MacKenzie, Executive Director of the Office of Broadband Development for the State of Minnesota to talk about the implementation of the Border-to-Border Grant program, and one project, RS Fiber. This interview is being released in conjunction with ILSR's report, Minnesota’s Broadband Grant Program: Getting the Rules Right.
The policy brief covers what the program is, how it works, and why funding must be expanded in order to serve more greater Minnesota communities. In its first two years of implementation, the Minnesota Border-to-Border program distributed $30 million to 31 rural Minnesota communities. But Minnesota's need is much greater and the Legislature should allocate more to the grant program.
Community Connections - Anne Schweiger, Boston, Massachusetts
In this week's Community Connections, Christopher chats with Anne Schweiger, Broadband and Digital Equity Advocate for the city of Boston. Schweiger talks about the challenges that Boston faces, including a lack of competition and adoption of broadband in the home. She talks about the importance of "baking good broadband practice" into building codes for cities.
Community Connections - Terry Huval from Lafayette, Louisiana
Community Connections - Joey Durel: Lafayette, Louisiana
Community Connections - Westminster & Ting: The How and the Why
More and more cities are turning to public-private partnerships (PPP's) in building Internet networks that meet the needs of 21st century homes and businesses. If a city builds its own fiber and leases it to a trusted partner, they can negotiate for activities that benefit the public good, like universal access.