Lake of the Woods County Broadband: Half have some coverage; but no one ready for 2026 goals

redwoodHalf of Lake of the Woods County has access to broadband at speeds of 25/3 (Mbps down/up) . No one has access at the 2026 speed goals of 100/20. In 2014, they had 47 percent coverage.

The good news is that Lake of the Woods will benefit from two recent Border to Border projects:

Sjoberg’s will receive $354,740 to serve 126 unserved households, 30 unserved businesses and one community anchor institution in several areas of Roseau and Lake of the Woods counties.

Wikstrom Telephone will receive $950,823 to serve 236 unserved households and 26 unserved businesses in sparsely populated areas of Kittson, Marshall, Roseau and Lake of the Woods counties.

Lake of the Woods County is also in line to receive $424,315 in CAF 2 funding to upgrade 950 locations. 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.

Lake of the Woods was a Blandin Broadband Community. They worked on projects to boost broadband use by businesses and residents.


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

  • Percentage served with 25/3 or better: 61
  • Percentage served with 100/20 or better: 0


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 they ranked:

DDI score of 50.61 out of 100.

More info:

  • Districts: CD 7
    Senate: 02
    House: 02A

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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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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