In 2014, more than 99 percent of Washington County had access to broadband. (Broadband was defined with lower speeds back then.) Today 96 percent of the county has access to broadband speeds of 25/3 (Mbps down/up) and 94 percent has access to the 2026 speed goals of 100/20.
Washington County is in good shape for broadband. The only issue is that they are slipping in access, but the slip is minimal and easy to correct as long as an effort is made. They are part of the Seven-Metro Counties and there are four providers that offer broadband at the speed of the 2026 speed goal: CenturyLink, Comcast HBC and Midcontinent. They have been part of the Metro County Fiber Interconnect discussion – counties making concerted efforts to connect to each other.
Washington County is in line to receive $308,683 in CAF 2 funding to upgrade 1374 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: 96.52
- Percentage served with 100/20 or better: 94.57
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 14.06 out of 100.
- Find more articles on broadband in Washington County (http://tinyurl.com/z4dwzyy)
- There is a matrix of Minnesota broadband adoption projects.
- Districts: CD 2, 4, 6
Senate: 38, 39, 43, 53, 54
House: 38A, 38B, 39A, 39B, 43A, 43B, 53A, 53B, 54A, 54B
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!