In 2014, Grant County’s broadband coverage was 85 percent (broadband was defined at a slower speed); then have since dropped to 75 percent coverage for speeds of 25/3 (Mbps down/up) and 40 percent coverage for speeds of 100/20.So they are in a position to continue slipping unless the community and/or local providers make a concerted effort to expand broadband and upgrade broadband.
Grant County is in line to receive $48,629 in CAF 2 funding to upgrade 58 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 Grant County ranked:
- Percentage served with 25/3 or better: 75.73
- Percentage served with 100/20 or better: 39.93
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 Grant ranked:
DDI score of 39.85 out of 100.
- Find more articles on broadband in Grant County. (http://tinyurl.com/z9n7ea6)
- Districts: CD 7
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!