Broadband Advocacy

Rep Rarick Group
Broadband Day on the Hill - April 12, 2018

One of the Kanabec County EDA's top five strategic goals since its inception is broadband advocacy.  The EDA works to achieve this goal by staying active with the Kanabec Broadband Initiative, the MN Rural Broadband Coalition and GPS 45:93's broadband advocacy efforts. 

What is Broadband?
Broadband is a high bandwidth connection to the Internet.  Broadband makes it easier & quicker to send and download information.

High Speed Internet Providers in Kanabec County 
Century Link, Frontier, Genesis Wireless, HughesNet, Midco, YouBetNet, & Viasat

Finding the Broadband Internet Service That Works for Your Family

A guide provided by the Blandin Foundation, ECMECC and Mora Public Schools
A guide provided by the Blandin Foundation, ECMECC and Ogilvie Public Schools

2017 Broadband Service Inventory for Kanabec County
Here's a map showing the broadband service in Kanabec County.  Most of Kanabec County is unserved.

Kanabec Broadband Initiative
Kanabec County has been involved in the Kanabec Broadband Initiative (KBI) since 2011.  KBI is a group of community organizations that recognize the importance of broadband to the economic competitiveness of the residents, businesses and institutions in Kanabec County.  A Robust Broadband Network Feasibility Study was completed for KBI in 2012.  The contact person for KBI is Marc Johnson.  He can be reached at 320-396-5211.

MN Rural Broadband Coalition
The Kanabec County EDA is a member of the MN Broadband CoaltionThe Coalition is group of local units of government, schools, economic development agencies, main street businesses, health care providers, organizations and individuals who came together to advocate for the broadband vision created in the fall of 2015 at a "Border to Border Broadband: Better Together" conference.  To contact the Coaltion, please email  View the Coalition's broadband advocacy tools here.

GPS 45:93
The Kanabec County EDA is an active member of the region's Economic Development group, GPS 45:93.  GPS's broadband committee works to ensure that the region's need for broadband does not go unnoticed by the State's broadband decision-makers.  For information on GPS's broadband advocacy efforts, contact committee member, Doyle Jelsing, at 320-364-1202. 

State of MN's Office of Broadband Development
The main resource for broadband development throughout the State of Minnesota is the State's broadband office.  The office helps Minnesotans understand broadband options available and work together to improve availability and use of high speed broadband services.  The office also provides assistance to the Governor's Task Force on Broadband and the Governor's Broadband Subcabinet.  To contact the State broadband office, please email or call 651-259-7610.
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