Leech Lake Reservation
Leech Lake has been focused on broadband for years. In the Leech Lake Reservation has seen some success in deploying better broadband in the last year. They went from 65 percent access to speeds of100 megabits per second (Mbps) download and 20 upload to almost 79 percent; and access to 25/3 Mbps went from almost 92 percent to 95.Summer of 2014, with support from the Blandin Foundation,
Leech Lake started a 5-year plan to build a wireless network to serve homes on the reservation. In September 2018, Paul Bunyan Communications announced expansion of the Gigazone to the Leech Lake Reservation. Summer of 2020, Paul Bunyan announced another project, funding by a MN Border to Border grant to continue to expand the Fiber to the Home (FTTH) network. And Leech Lake announced plans to continue to pursue funding for continued expansion with Paul Bunyan.
Leech Lake worked on broadband adoption/digital inclusion projects with their involvement in MIRC, a Blandin Foundation initiative and precursor to the Blandin Broadband Communities. One project included digital inclusion training that led to job placement.