Cook County well served thanks in large part to ARRA funding

cookCook County has gone from the least served list to the best served list thanks in large part to receiving an ARRA grant. When I looked at Cook County in 2014, fiber was being deployed but they only had 20 percent coverage, now they have 94 percent coverage for speeds of 25/3 and 100/20.

Cook County was a Minnesota Intelligent Rural Community (MIRC) participant so while they were building broadband, they were also building demand.

Cook County is in line to receive $1,447,038 in CAF 2 funding to upgrade 3,458 locations. Unfortunately 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.


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

  • Percentage served with 25/3 or better: 94.50
  • Percentage served with 100/20 or better: 94.46


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 Cook ranked:

DDI score of 46.79 out of 100.

More info:

  • There is a matrix of Minnesota broadband adoption projects; it includes projects from this area.
  • Districts: CD 8 / 03

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!

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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