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ENEWS: On Broadband Access & Distance Learning

Date Published: 08/20/2020

Author: Erin Wilson

Take the Minnesota Broadband Speed Test Initiative!

The Minnesota Rural Broadband Coalition recently launched a speed test initiative to collect data on broadband speed and access in order to create maps that could improve your community’s broadband access and help plan for Minnesota’s broadband expansion. The more participants in the test, the more effective and successful it can be! You can take the test here and a state map of the data can be found here

A blog post from the Blandin Foundation (another advocate for broadband access in rural Minnesota communities) discusses the report “Broadband 2020” from Recon Analytics on how COVID-19 has changed broadband, which found that while 50.9% of U.S. residents are considering moving to a smaller town or city in the age of COVID-19, 31% listed “No broadband internet” as a reason for not moving. 

New York Times Coronavirus Schools Briefing 

The New York Times has launched a newsletter dedicated to providing resources and keeping readers up to date with the latest on coronavirus in schools. The coverage includes both K-12 and higher education. Sent out three times a week, the newsletter will detail changes and developments in education during COVID-19, and will include analysis from parents, teachers and students in addition to the Times, according to the first edition of the newsletter. The newsletter also includes guides with advice and resources on how to best manage being a student or having children that are students during the coronavirus, such as What Back to School Might Look Like in the Age of COVID-19, Dealing With the Freshman Down the Hall, or How to Proactively Prepare for Distance Learning. If you’re interested, you can sign up for the newsletter here.

Blueprint Breakfast #2 

Our second Blueprint Breakfast in the virtual Recipes for Success series took place yesterday morning. This one focused on economic development, with special guests Brett Buckner and Dr. Bruce Corrie of OneMN.org, who spoke about their work on investment in equitable economic growth (if you would like to take a look at their PowerPoint, click here!). If you missed the event, here’s a recording of the session and a summary of it. The next Blueprint Breakfast will focus on the Human Capital section of the Minnesota Equity Blueprint, and will take place on September 2. You can register for it here


“Broadband internet access is critical to helping our communities thrive. And during this time of crisis, ensuring that every Minnesotan has high-speed internet access is more important than ever.” - Governor Tim Walz, via Twitter

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