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Discussion of Broadband Technology at the Humphrey Institute

Minneapolis, MN (05/25/10) - The Humphrey Institute's Telecommunications and Information Society Policy (TISP) Forum will host the project team for Blandin Foundation's grant‐winning Minnesota Intelligent Rural Community (MIRC) project at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26, in Room 180 of the Humphrey Center.

In August 2009, Blandin Foundation submitted an application for federal Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) funding. On March 25, 2010, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that the Blandin Foundation and 19 coalition partners received a $4.7 million grant award on behalf of rural Minnesota
communities. The May 26 TISP Forum will mark the first time the team has been assembled to reflect on its winning application and to discuss the funded project now facing an ambitious federal deadline for completion.

Through this grant, the MIRC coalition will bring a network of resources and support to rural Minnesota individuals and communities-especially those unemployed and seeking employment, small businesses, coalitions of government entities, and local leaders. MIRC was the only statewide applicant for this funding.

Participating project team members include the following:

Bernadine Joselyn, director of public policy & engagement, Blandin Foundation
Bill Coleman, principal, Community Technology Advisors, and project staff for the Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities project Casey Sorensen, executive director, PCs for People Dick Senese, associate dean for community vitality and public engagement, U of M Extension Joyce Hoelting, assistant director, Center for Community Vitality and Public Engagement, U of M Extension Gary Langer, executive director, Minnesota Learning Commons, and associate vice chancellor for academic innovations, MnSCU Dawn Hegland, executive director, Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission, Appleton, MN

The Telecommunications and Information Society Policy Forum (TISP) was established in 1995 under the leadership of Milda K. Hedblom, professor, lawyer, and consultant. It is the central clearinghouse for policy discussion in Minnesota and neighboring states on critical issues in telecommunications and information policy. The TISP forum is an open, neutral venue in which all voices are welcome. The idea behind the forum is simple and essential: purposeful exchange on key issues with engaged stakeholders to create a better information future.

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