In 2014, 99 percent of Waseca County had access to broadband. (Broadband was defined with lower speeds back then.) Today 99 percent of the county has access to broadband speeds of 25/3 (Mbps down/up) and 99 percent has access to the 2026 speed goals of 100/20.
Waseca is well covered for broadband. There are three providers that offer broadband at speeds of the 2026 goal (100/20): West Central Telephone, Jaguar and Radio Link.
Waseca County is in line to receive $1,429,661 in CAF 2 funding to upgrade 2271 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: 98.75
- Percentage served with 100/20 or better: 98.75
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 30.75 out of 100.
- Find more articles on broadband in Waseca County (http://tinyurl.com/z845jwy)
- There is a matrix of Minnesota broadband adoption projects.
- Districts: CD 1
Senate: 23, 24
House: 23B, 24A
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!