Blandin Foundation announced November 14th, 2012 at its annual broadband conference in Duluth that Mille Lacs County was successful in its application to become a Blandin Broadband Community, one of only nine selected in the state.
The Blandin Broadband Communities program is an intensive, two-year partnership between Blandin Foundation and selected rural Minnesota communities. The program provides planning and organizing support to regions that demonstrate readiness and resources to either bring robust broadband adoption to communities without it, or assist already connected communities make best use of information and services broadband can deliver.
On January 20, 2014, The Blandin Foundation announced that it had awarded 32 grants totaling $472,930 that assist rural Minnesota communities in advancing high-speed Internet access and use in their communities. Mille Lacs County will benefit from six of these grants.