McLeod County broadband coverage good at today’s standards but needs to plan ahead

mcleodMcLeod County had 98 percent broadband coverage in 2014. They have 98 percent broadband coverage today – at speeds of 25/3 (Mbps down/up). Unfortunately they only have 56 percent coverage at speeds of 100/20, the state speed goal for 2026. I’m going to include a map of download speeds for McLeod. The dark blue areas have download speeds of 100 Mbps; the green areas are only  10-25 Mbps. Those are the areas that will need to start thinking about broadband speeds and they may already be feeling the need for more as more people work from home and 7 out of 10 teacher assign online homework. That use adds up.


McLeod County is also in line to receive $1,511,085 in CAF 2 funding to upgrade 2,479 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.


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: 98.58
  • Percentage served with 100/20 or better: 56.92


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 36.66 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

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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