Pew report on broadband coming out Monday

I’ve written a little bit on Ground Level about how broadband access to the Internet is really a story unfolding one community at a time. So it will be interesting to see Monday what the Pew Center on the States has to say about the topic.

Pew is releasing a report that “will show a growing number of states are stepping up efforts to expand high-quality broadband–or high-speed Internet — in the wake of the federal government’s national broadband plan and the availability of stimulus funds.”

That’s the word from a press release today. The report will highlight what it considers models, both in terms of making access better and in terms of how the Internet can deliver services in education, health care and other fields.

Federal stimulus money has starting flowing to Minnesota on both those fronts, everything from spreading Windom’s fiber wiring to nearby towns to the Blandin Foundation helping communities make better use of the Internet.

  • http://blandinonbroadband.org/ Ann Treacy

    You are my heads up on the report. Thanks! I am now anxiously awaiting as well. It will be interesting to see the impact of the federal funding.

    You almost with there was a way to do a blind test to see if the funding stimulating any new interest or whether it is rewarding communities that we on the ball at the onset.

  • http://56755.blogspot.com Trish Lewis

    I live 10 miles northwest of Thief River Falls, MN in the middle of nowhere in the country. Only choice for internet is satellite. They call it broadband. I’ve had broadband and this is NOT broadband. I can’t do much with it other than email and surfing. I recently moved here after living in a city where I could anything anytime for a very reasonable monthly cost. Talk about culture shock! I am a high end used – a genealogist, local historian, blogger, and researcher who also does (did) a LOT of online multimedia viewing – who needed cable with Hulu? Now I am learning the hard way that you cannot have it all, at least right now and who knows for how long…

    Rural Minnesota needs internet infrastructure!

  • http://56755.blogspot.com Trish Lewis

    I live 10 miles northwest of Thief River Falls, MN in the middle of nowhere in the country. Only choice for internet is satellite. They call it broadband. I’ve had broadband and this is NOT broadband. I can’t do much with it other than email and surfing. I recently moved here after living in a city where I could anything anytime for a very reasonable monthly cost. Talk about culture shock! I am a high end used – a genealogist, local historian, blogger, and researcher who also does (did) a LOT of online multimedia viewing – who needed cable with Hulu? Now I am learning the hard way that you cannot have it all, at least right now and who knows for how long…

    Rural Minnesota needs internet infrastructure!