Waseca County Broadband Profile: 99 percent access to 25/3 and 100/20!

In 2014, waseca99 percent of Waseca County had access to broadband. (Broadband was defined with lower speeds back then.) Today 99 percent of the county has access to broadband speeds of 25/3 (Mbps down/up) and 99 percent has access to the 2026 speed goals of 100/20.

Waseca is well covered for broadband. There are three providers that offer broadband at speeds of the 2026 goal (100/20): West Central Telephone, Jaguar and Radio Link.

Waseca County is in line to receive $1,429,661 in CAF 2 funding to upgrade 2271 locations. CAF 2 recipients are only required to upgrade to 10/1 access. Many may choose to upgrade to better speeds but there are no requirements.

Numbers:

The Office of Broadband Development released data on broadband covered in fall of 2016, based on information gathered in July 2016. Here’s how they ranked:

  • Percentage served with 25/3 or better: 98.75
  • Percentage served with 100/20 or better: 98.75

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Mississippi State University Extension have come up with a ranking system to gauge the digital divide index (DDI) by county. (The lower the number the better – the state average is 40.66.) Here’s how they ranked:

DDI score of 30.75 out of 100.

More info:

I plan to profile each county in Minnesota – tracking broadband access, digital divide and annotated links to news of what’s happening with broadband in the county. I’m keeping it high level because there are 87 counties!

Wadena County Broadband Profile: 88 percent access to 25/3; 46 percent at 100/20 state grant will help

In 2014, wadena60 percent of Wadena County had access to broadband. (Broadband was defined with lower speeds back then.) Today 88 percent of the county has access to broadband speeds of 25/3 (Mbps down/up) and 46 percent has access to the 2026 speed goals of 100/20.

There has been steady improvement and improvement should continue with a recent Border to Border broadband grant

A grant of $718,850 was awarded to the West Central Telephone Association in Wadena. The broadband expansion project will provide access for 174 unserved homes and 13 unserved businesses in Bluffton and Blowers townships in Otter Tail County and portions of Rockwood, Leaf River, North Germany and Wing River townships in Wadena County.

The total eligible project is $1.5 million, with a $778,755 local match.

“Receiving these grants for increased broadband access is essential for our area’s future prosperity,” said state Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria. “Greater access to broadband provides for better economic opportunities for our businesses and our workers, as well as outlets for students to do additional learning.”

Wadena was involved as a Blandin Get Broadband community, which is a precursor of sorts to the Blandin Broadband Communities. It helped them focus on increased broadband use with digital inclusion training and connected the local hospital to a satellite facility.

Wadena County is in line to receive $70,122 in CAF 2 funding to upgrade 141 locations. CAF 2 recipients are only required to upgrade to 10/1 access. Many may choose to upgrade to better speeds but there are no requirements.

Numbers:

The Office of Broadband Development released data on broadband covered in fall of 2016, based on information gathered in July 2016. Here’s how they ranked:

  • Percentage served with 25/3 or better: 88.23
  • Percentage served with 100/20 or better: 46.69

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Mississippi State University Extension have come up with a ranking system to gauge the digital divide index (DDI) by county. (The lower the number the better – the state average is 40.66.) Here’s how they ranked:

DDI score of 43.92 out of 100.

More info:

I plan to profile each county in Minnesota – tracking broadband access, digital divide and annotated links to news of what’s happening with broadband in the county. I’m keeping it high level because there are 87 counties!

Wabasha County Broadband Profile: 45 percent access to 25/3 but getting a broadband grant

In 2014,wabasha 76 percent of Wabasha County had access to broadband. (Broadband was defined with lower speeds back then.) Today 84 percent of the county has access to broadband speeds of 25/3 (Mbps down/up) and 62 percent has access to the 2026 speed goals of 100/20.

So Wabasha is gaining on the broadband goals. And they will get some help from a recent Border to Border broadband grant

New Ulm Telecom Inc., Mazeppa – $317,761. This project will serve 87 unserved households, 11 unserved businesses and 66 underserved households in Mazeppa Township in Wabasha County. New Ulm Telecom will improve services that will benefit farms, home-based businesses, telecommuters, a USDA office, Ag Partners, Mazeppa school system, and several banking institutions and insurance companies. The total eligible project cost is $706,135, with a $388,374 local match.

Wabasha County is in line to receive $1,042,497 in CAF 2 funding to upgrade 1638 locations. CAF 2 recipients are only required to upgrade to 10/1 access. Many may choose to upgrade to better speeds but there are no requirements.

Numbers:

The Office of Broadband Development released data on broadband covered in fall of 2016, based on information gathered in July 2016. Here’s how they ranked:

  • Percentage served with 25/3 or better: 83.59
  • Percentage served with 100/20 or better: 61.70

ranking-roseau-to-yellow-medicine

Mississippi State University Extension have come up with a ranking system to gauge the digital divide index (DDI) by county. (The lower the number the better – the state average is 40.66.) Here’s how they ranked:

DDI score of 34.78 out of 100.

More info:

I plan to profile each county in Minnesota – tracking broadband access, digital divide and annotated links to news of what’s happening with broadband in the county. I’m keeping it high level because there are 87 counties!

Traverse County Broadband Profile: 45 percent access to 25/3 and 100/20

In 2014, traversemore than 65 percent of Traverse County had access to broadband. (Broadband was defined with lower speeds back then.) Today 45 percent of the county has access to broadband speeds of 25/3 (Mbps down/up) and 45 percent has access to the 2026 speed goals of 100/20.

Traverse County is clear example of a have/have-not community. Folks either have good broadband or they have nothing. There are four providers in the area that offer access at speeds of 100/20 – Federated Telephone, Mediacom, Red River Communications and Runestone Telephone. It would be nice to find a way for them to extend their networks to the unserved areas.

Traverse County is in line to receive $293,728 in CAF 2 funding to upgrade 352 locations. CAF 2 recipients are only required to upgrade to 10/1 access. Many may choose to upgrade to better speeds but there are no requirements.

Numbers:

The Office of Broadband Development released data on broadband covered in fall of 2016, based on information gathered in July 2016. Here’s how they ranked:

  • Percentage served with 25/3 or better: 45.37
  • Percentage served with 100/20 or better: 45.37

ranking-roseau-to-yellow-medicine

Mississippi State University Extension have come up with a ranking system to gauge the digital divide index (DDI) by county. (The lower the number the better – the state average is 40.66.) Here’s how they ranked:

DDI score of 54.26 out of 100.

More info:

I plan to profile each county in Minnesota – tracking broadband access, digital divide and annotated links to news of what’s happening with broadband in the county. I’m keeping it high level because there are 87 counties!

Todd County Broadband Profile: 46 percent access to 25/3 and 3 percent to 100/20

In 2014, toddmore than 26 percent of Todd County had access to broadband. (Broadband was defined with lower speeds back then.) Today 46 percent of the county has access to broadband speeds of 25/3 (Mbps down/up) and more than 3 percent has access to the 2026 speed goals of 100/20.

Todd County has been working on broadband for years. They had a feasibility study done in 2011. They were involved as a Blandin Get Broadband community, which is a precursor of sorts to the Blandin Broadband Communities. It helped them focus on increased broadband use. Unfortunately, there is still work to be done.

In 2015, Todd County benefited from a Border to Border broadband grant

Arvig (Mainstreet Communications LLC), Sauk Lake area. Awarded $536,702 to build broadband infrastructure to serve 217 unserved premises in the Sauk Lake area, which is located primarily in Todd County (with some project area in rural Stearns County) just north of Sauk Centre. This is an unserved area where no wired broadband infrastructure is available. The full project cost is $1.07 million; the remaining $536,703 (50 percent) will be supplied by a private investment made by Arvig.

Todd County is in line to receive $387,849 in CAF 2 funding to upgrade 796 locations. CAF 2 recipients are only required to upgrade to 10/1 access. Many may choose to upgrade to better speeds but there are no requirements.

Numbers:

The Office of Broadband Development released data on broadband covered in fall of 2016, based on information gathered in July 2016. Here’s how they ranked:

  • Percentage served with 25/3 or better: 46.01
  • Percentage served with 100/20 or better: 2.86

ranking-roseau-to-yellow-medicine

Mississippi State University Extension have come up with a ranking system to gauge the digital divide index (DDI) by county. (The lower the number the better – the state average is 40.66.) Here’s how they ranked:

DDI score of 59.62 out of 100.

More info:

I plan to profile each county in Minnesota – tracking broadband access, digital divide and annotated links to news of what’s happening with broadband in the county. I’m keeping it high level because there are 87 counties!

Swift County Broadband Profile: 79 percent access to 25/3; 30 percent to 100/20

In 2014, swift31 percent of Swift County had access to broadband. (Broadband was defined with lower speeds back then.) Today  79 percent of the county has access to broadband speeds of 25/3 (Mbps down/up) and more than 30 percent has access to the 2026 speed goals of 100/20.

Clearly they have had some big gains since 2014.

In 2015, the benefited from a Border to Border broadband grant

Friday the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced that Federated and Swift County had been awarded $4.95 million.

The project will deliver high-speed Internet service to 600 households, 425 businesses and 75 community institutions, DEED said.  The project affects 13 of the county’s 21 townships concentrated on area just east of the Benson city limits.

The area in Swift County included in the project is most of each of the following townships in the eastern half of the county: Kerkhoven, Hayes, Pillsbury, Dublin, Kildare, Camp Lake, Benson, Torning, Cashel, Swenoda, Six Mile Grove and Clontarf.

However, there were sections along U.S. Highway 12 between Murdock and Kerkhoven that would be excluded from the project as well as some areas east of Benson between Minnesota Highway 9 and U.S. Highway 12.  Much of the western half of the county already has fiber cable.

Total project costs are $12.5 million with $7.5 million (60 percent local match) coming through a loan from Swift County to Federated. Swift County’s Board of Commissioners plans to pass a bond issue early in 2016 with the proceeds being loaned to Federated for the project.

I’m not sure if the upgrades would have been completed before the last broadband maps were complete or if those improvements will be tracked in the next report. But it is a step in the right direction. They wll need to continue to expand and upgrade their connections if they want to meet the 2026 speed goals.

Swift County is in line to receive $32,335 in CAF 2 funding to upgrade 122 locations. CAF 2 recipients are only required to upgrade to 10/1 access. Many may choose to upgrade to better speeds but there are no requirements.

Numbers:

The Office of Broadband Development released data on broadband covered in fall of 2016, based on information gathered in July 2016. Here’s how they ranked:

  • Percentage served with 25/3 or better: 78.95
  • Percentage served with 100/20 or better: 30.41

ranking-roseau-to-yellow-medicine

Mississippi State University Extension have come up with a ranking system to gauge the digital divide index (DDI) by county. (The lower the number the better – the state average is 40.66.) Here’s how they ranked:

DDI score of 40.21 out of 100.

More info:

I plan to profile each county in Minnesota – tracking broadband access, digital divide and annotated links to news of what’s happening with broadband in the county. I’m keeping it high level because there are 87 counties!

Two hackfest events are coming to Bemidji

I’m pleased to share info on these fun events…

A Youth Game Design Challenge
A 2 hour workshop followed by a game design mini-challenge. Enjoy exhibits of cool technology including virtual reality, robotics, and more.
The youth game design challenge schedule is Friday, 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

True North Hackfest
A fast-paced event where teams of creatives, coders, programmers, designers, marketers, and alike compete to design and build a technological solution to a perceived problem or need.

LOCATION:

LaunchPad – Mayflower Building
April 7 – 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
April 8 – 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Please visit the True North Hackfest website for more information and to register!