Map of Fiber Areas in MN

OK I have finally done it. I have created a map of fiber areas in Minnesota based on information I gleaned from an earlier blog post. I was hoping to find an easy way to paste the map into the blog post but I failed. However, the map is only a click away: MyMaps at

I have tracked the communities with fiber in red, the communities with partial fiber or that are planning fiber in yellow, and communities with wireless (community-wide wireless) in blue. Just click on the marker for a brief description of broadband in a given area.

If you have any additions or comments please, send them my way. Thanks!

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7 thoughts on “Map of Fiber Areas in MN

  1. The data you have here from Broadband Properties is out of date and they only track companies now, not towns. The company list was last published in the September or October 2007 issue-you may want to check that list against what you have here. A new company list is coming out in March. There are now so many FTTH deployments taking place in rural Minnesota that we have lost count of the number of towns. Some obvious ones that are missing from the map are this past year’s deployments by Hiawatha Broaband in Stockton and other communities in the southeast. You are also missing the deployments by Jaguar in the southeast. I would suggest you check their web sites regarding their deployments or speak with them directly.

    To get an up to date list of towns in western and northwrn Minnesota, I would suggest contacting the Indendent Telephone companies that are deploying FTTH and they can probably give you the list of towns they are building.

  2. I think I’ll try contacting MART. That might be easier than trying to contact the telcos directly. I’ll let you know how it goes – and I just may take you up on your offer of help!

    Thanks! Ann

  3. Actually, credit for the November ’05 list should go to Mike Render of RVA – we just presented his information – but Mike is no longer tracking fiber communities. Broadband Properties is, as Dave said, tracking independent telcos with fiber deployments. The latest list is here:
    (the actual list starts on the fifth page). We know the list is incomplete – if anyone has information about telcos that are missing from it, write to me at


  4. Tim – thanks for the suggestion on MN Valley. I will contact them to see if any of their other communities have fiber.

    Masha – thanks for the update from Broadband Properties.

    Finally – I contacted Randy Young from MART (MN Association for Rural Telecommunications) and he sent the following:

    About a year ago, I did a quick survey of the independent telcos to see
    who was doing fiber to the home, to the curb, and to the node. We found:

    * Almost 3/4 of our customers are provided broadband service with fiber within the local exchange network.

    * 1/3 of our companies are providing customers broadband service with fiber all the way to their home or business (this is anticipated to jump to be 1/2 by the end of the 2008 construction season).

    As I recall, we got may a 60% return rate on the questionnaire, so these numbers may be higher.

  5. Pingback: Updated, informal MN broadband map « Blandin on Broadband

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