Broadband Committee:  Accelerate Kanabec County

What is Broadband?
Broadband is another word for high-speed Internet. Broadband is a broad bandwidth connection to the Internet.  Broadband makes it easier & quicker to send and download information.  Here's a map showing the broadband service in Kanabec County.  Most of Kanabec County is unserved.

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Broadband Committee (Accelerate Kanabec County)
The EDA's broadband committee was created as a result of Kanabec County's participation in Blandin Foundation's CBR:  Accelerate! program from March through June 2021.  "CBR:  Accelerate!" was an intense program where four teams (Kanabec County, Pine County, Aitkin County and the Mille Lacs Tribal Economy) worked together to "accelerate" the process of bringing better and more affordable broadband services to East Central Minnesota.  The EDA's broadband committee continues to advise the Kanabec County Board of Commissioners on broadband matters.  The committee meets on an as-needed basis. To join the committee, please contact Heidi Steinmetz at 320-209-5031.   

Most recently, Kanabec County has formed a partnership with East Central Energy (ECE) to connect all Kanabec County residents and businesses to high-speed internet.  To learn more about ECE's efforts, please watch this video.  

Kanabec County's Broadband History & Feasibility Studies 
The Kanabec Broadband Initiative (KBI) was formed in 2011.  KBI was a group of community organizations and leaders that recognized the importance of broadband to the economic competitiveness of the residents, businesses and institutions in Kanabec County.  KBI commissioned Kanabec County's first feasibility study 2012.  Download the 2012 study here:  Broadband Feasibility Study 2012.

Today's broadband committee (Accelerate Kanabec County), was formed in 2021.  The "Accelerate" group commissioned the latest feasibility study, which was completed in 2022.  Download the 2022 study here:  Broadband Feasibility Study 2022.

Rural Broadband Advocacy & Days on the Hill
One of the Kanabec County EDA's strategic goals since its inception has been advocating for broadband to be brought to rural Minnesota.  The EDA works to achieve this goal is by leading broadband advocacy efforts for Kanabec County on behalf of the Kanabec County Board of Commissioners.  The EDA is able to better advocate for Kanabec County through its membership of two groups:  the MN Rural Broadband Coalition and GPS 45:93
The MN Rural Broadband Coalition is group of local units of government, schools, economic development agencies, main street businesses, health care providers, organizations and individuals who lobby at the MN State Legislature to secure funding for the State of MN's Border-to-Border Broadband Grant Program.  GPS 45:93 is the region's Economic Development group.  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.
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Broadband Day on the Hill - March 12, 2020
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Broadband Day on the Hill - March 12, 2020
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Broadband Day on the Hill - March 12, 2020

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Broadband Day on the Hill - April 3, 2019

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Broadband Day on the Hill - April 12, 2018

State of MN's Office of Broadband Development
The main resource for broadband development in the State of Minnesota is the State's Office of Broadband Development.  The office administers the Border-to-Border Broadband Grant Program.  The office also provides assistance to the Governor's Task Force on Broadband.  To contact the State broadband office, please email or call 651-259-7610.

Kanabec County Specific Broadband Resources
Century Link
Frontier Communications
Genesis Wireless

Guides for Finding Broadband Internet Service
A guide provided by the Blandin Foundation, ECMECC and Mora Public Schools
A guide provided by the Blandin Foundation, ECMECC and Ogilvie Public Schools

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Contact us at 320-209-5031 (office).