In 2014, Goodhue County broadband coverage was 67 percent. They were stronger in connecting anchor institutions than local residents. Today, broadband coverage is 87 percent for speeds of 25/3 (Mbps down/up) and 60 percent for 100/20, the state speed goals for 2026.
Good news, Goodhue has received State Broadband funding in 2015 and 2016 (awarded in 2017) to increase broadband.
Recently, New Ulm Telecom Inc. received $332,328 to serve 15 unserved households, 46 unserved businesses, 25 underserved households, 43 underserved businesses and 1 underserved community anchor institution in the area of Bellechester in Goodhue County.
In 2015, NU-Telecom received $115,934 to build out broadband infrastructure in Goodhue Township.
Goodhue County is also in line to receive $1,104361 in CAF 2 funding to upgrade 1,991 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 Goodhue County ranked:
- Percentage served with 25/3 or better: 87.46
- Percentage served with 100/20 or better: 60.33
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 Goodhue ranked:
DDI score of 35.73 out of 100.
- Find more articles on broadband in Goodhue County. (http://tinyurl.com/z3jwte4)
- Districts: CD 2
Sentate: 21, 58
House: 21A, 21B, 58B
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!