Broadband Advocacy

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Kanabec County is part of a four-community team that is trying to bring better and more affordable broadband (high-speed) Internet services to our region.  Kanabec County ranks last (87 out of 87 counties), in Minnesota in the availability of broadband.  We need your help!  Please take a few minutes to answer the questions on this online survey:  If you do not have Internet access, please download this PDF of the survey and either mail it to to the Kanabec County Courthouse located at 18 North Vine Street, Mora, MN  55051 or drop if off in the Kanabec County Coordinator's Office at the same address.  If you would like us to mail you a hard copy of the survey, please call 320-209-5031 and leave a message with your name and address.  We are also available to pick up your completed survey if you're unable to mail it or drop it off at the courthouse. 

The information you provide
will be used to convince broadband providers to invest in Kanabec County and to convince elected officials that this topic is important to you as a Kanabec County resident and/or business owner.  Another way you can help is by take this speed test from home:  Thank you for your time!!!

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EDA & Broadband
One of the Kanabec County EDA's top five strategic goals since its inception is broadband advocacy.  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's current initiative is participating in the Blandin Foundation's Community Broadband Resources (CBR):  Accelerate program, which is a strenuous program that an incredibly dedicated team of Kanabec County volunteers are participating in on behalf of Kanabec County residents.  The survey mentioned above is an initiative of that program.   

Below are some photos of the EDA's participation in the MN Rural Broadband Coalition's "Day on the Hill" events.  Below the photos is general information about broadband and other ways the EDA is involved with broadband advocacy for Kanabec County.

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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

Rep Nathan Nelson group
Broadband Day on the Hill - April 3, 2019

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

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 Communications, Genesis Wireless, HughesNet, Midco, YouBetNet, & Viasat

Compare High Speed Internet Plans is a Website for residents to shop for and compare Internet plans available in Kanabec County. 

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.

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. 

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.

Kanabec Broadband Initiative (KBI)
Kanabec County became involved in the Kanabec Broadband Initiative (KBI) in 2011.  KBI was a group of community organizations that recognized 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.  To learn more about the history of KBI, please contact Marc Johnson.  He can be reached at 320-396-5211.

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