Dodge County well served with broadband and got recent Minnesota broadband grant

dodgeDodge County is well served. It was well served when I last looked in 2014 (99 percent covered) and remains well covered today with 99 percent coverage at speeds of 25/3 and 95 percent coverage at speeds of 100/20.

Dodge may get a little help increasing access with a Minnesota Broadband grant for service in Mantorville:

KMTelecom, Rural Mantorville – $764,663. This project will serve 195 unserved households, nine unserved businesses and one unserved community anchor institution near Mantorville. The KMTelecom project will improve access to education and health care and encourage business development in the area. The total eligible project cost is $1.96 million, with a $1.2 million local match. [Dodge County]

Dodge County is also in line to receive $985,458 in CAF 2 funding to upgrade 1,508 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.

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 Dodge County ranked:

  • Percentage served with 25/3 or better: 99.37
  • Percentage served with 100/20 or better: 94.90

ranking-clearwater-to-jackson

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 Dodge ranked:

DDI score of 20.33 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!

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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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