“Broadband is not being deployed in a reasonable and timely manner” says FCC Report

[Note from 8/28/2012 – significant changes have been made to this post]

The latest FCC 706 report is out. Here’s the Readers’ Digest version of the results from the FCC press release

But as of now, our analysis of the best data available—the data collected by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) for the National Broadband Map—shows that approximately 19 million Americans live in areas still unserved by terrestrial-fixed broadband. For these and other reasons, we must conclude that broadband is not yet being deployed “to all Americans” in a reasonable and timely fashion.

Here are the notes on Minnesota access:

In Minnesota, 8 percent of the population does not have access to fixed broadband. In non-rural areas the percentage is .8 percent. In rural areas that percentage climbs to 27.7 percent.

You can access an interactive map of the areas served and unserved on the FCC site – here’s a snapshot below:

Or get a list of the information by county.

 

County   Population
without access

County
population
density

County
per capita
income (2010)

Minnesota
Aitkin

7,461

8.9

 22,966

Anoka

7,641

784.4

 29,347

Becker

15,561

24.8

 24,385

Beltrami

 534

17.8

 21,016

Benton

9,812

94.0

 23,648

Big Stone

1,473

10.5

 23,746

Blue   Earth

2,359

86.1

 23,691

Brown

 847

41.9

 24,591

Carlton

12,868

41.1

 23,932

Carver

5,624

262.2

 35,807

Cass

7,052

14.1

 24,348

Chippewa

1,968

21.3

 23,610

Chisago

6,401

129.9

 26,576

Clay

4,437

57.4

 23,011

Clearwater

 84

8.7

 20,913

Cook

3,468

3.6

 28,873

Cottonwood

2,256

18.1

 23,162

Crow Wing

1,918

63.2

 24,282

Dakota

2,273

714.0

 34,142

Dodge

1,538

46.0

 26,969

Douglas

2,911

57.1

 25,633

Faribault

 798

20.1

 22,667

Fillmore

9,761

24.1

 23,758

Freeborn

4,455

44.1

 23,645

Goodhue

4,105

61.1

 27,472

Grant

 72

10.9

 23,233

Hennepin

7,941

2091.0

 35,902

Houston

4,891

34.1

 24,865

Hubbard

9,108

22.1

 24,413

Isanti

13,509

87.5

 25,165

Itasca

17,289

16.9

 23,465

Jackson

3,715

14.5

 25,144

Kanabec

10,192

31.1

 21,304

Kandiyohi

2,463

53.1

 25,844

Kittson

 222

4.1

 25,030

Koochiching

2,027

4.2

 24,576

Lac qui   Parle

 988

9.4

 24,291

Lake

1,724

5.1

 26,087

Lake of   the Woods

 458

3.1

 27,192

Le Sueur

1,752

62.3

 25,958

Lincoln

 948

10.9

 24,922

Lyon

5,130

36.3

 23,755

McLeod

1,423

75.0

 27,590

Mahnomen

4,973

9.8

 17,999

Marshall

1,375

5.3

 24,552

Martin

 358

29.2

 25,321

Meeker

3,292

38.3

 23,839

Mille   Lacs

3,780

45.9

 21,744

Morrison

8,565

29.5

 22,934

Mower

6,560

54.8

 23,740

Murray

2,352

12.2

 24,045

Nicollet

2,508

73.5

 25,656

Nobles

5,124

30.3

 20,953

Norman

3,267

7.7

 22,817

Olmsted

6,137

223.7

 32,704

Otter   Tail

28,857

28.9

 23,445

Pennington

1,729

22.6

 22,687

Pine

13,628

21.1

 21,328

Pipestone

5,099

20.5

 22,289

Polk

3,125

16.1

 23,105

Pope

 980

16.4

 25,935

Ramsey

5,324

3344.4

 28,956

Red Lake

 21

9.4

 23,171

Redwood

2,649

18.1

 23,548

Renville

3,573

15.8

 23,956

Rice

3,656

130.3

 24,678

Rock

3,910

20.0

 23,079

Roseau

3,378

9.3

 22,975

St. Louis

36,507

32.0

 25,014

Scott

1,675

370.1

 33,612

Sherburne

1,741

207.5

 27,376

Sibley

3,457

25.8

 24,073

Stearns

9,205

112.6

 24,816

Steele

6,213

85.8

 25,062

Stevens

 464

17.2

 24,585

Swift

1,471

13.1

 21,571

Todd

7,650

26.3

 21,014

Traverse

 907

6.2

 24,188

Wabasha

4,300

41.4

 26,282

Wadena

1,752

25.7

 19,344

Waseca

2,392

45.4

 23,121

Washington

7,956

628.5

 36,248

Watonwan

 829

25.6

 22,334

Wilkin

1,806

8.6

 24,447

Winona

8,379

82.5

 21,864

Wright

2,419

192.9

 28,454

Yellow   Medicine

1,798

13.6

 23,171

Mainstream media such as the Huffington Post report that access is only part of the equation. We must work on adoption as well…

Only 40 percent of Americans who have access to DSL or cable Internet service actually use them, the FCC report said. Those who don’t cite barriers such as lack of affordability, a lack of digital literacy, and “a perception that the Internet is not relevant or useful to them,” according to the report.

The National Broadband Plan has recommendations to address those issues. The question from the Minnesota perspective is whether the National Broadband Plan will help us reach our state broadband goals?

CHAPTER 277–H.F.No. 2907
An act relating to communications; setting state goals for the deployment and speed of high-speed broadband; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 237.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1. [237.012] BROADBAND GOALS.
Subdivision 1. Universal access and high-speed goal. It is a state goal that as soon as possible, but no later than 2015, all state residents and businesses have access to high-speed broadband that provides minimum download speeds of ten to 20 megabits per second and minimum upload speeds of five to ten megabits per second. Subd. 2. State broadband leadership position. It is a goal of the state that by
2015 and thereafter, the state be in:
(1) the top five states of the United States for broadband speed universally accessible to residents and businesses;
(2) the top five states for broadband access; and
(3) the top 15 when compared to countries globally for broadband penetration.
Subd. 3. Annual reports. The commissioner of commerce must annually by February 10 report on the achievement of the goals under subdivisions 1 and 2 to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with primary jurisdiction over telecommunication issues. The report on goals under subdivision 1 must be made through 2015.

This entry was posted in Digital Divide, FCC, MN, Policy, Research, Rural by Ann Treacy. Bookmark the permalink.

About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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