In 2014, 93 percent of Wright County had access to broadband. (Broadband was defined with lower speeds back then.) Today 82 percent of the county has access to broadband speeds of 25/3 (Mbps down/up) and 29 percent has access to the 2026 speed goals of 100/20.
Wright County is home to Monticello, one of the famous of infamous municipal broadband networks out there. Monticello built their own fiber network – but in process the incumbent also built a fiber network and even sued the city. The network was built but there has been a financial toll on the project. It’s up and running and the city is well served. (The Institute for Local Self Reliance estimates the aggregate savings to the community at about $10 million in their 2014 report, All Hands on Deck.)
But with 29 percent coverage at 206 broadband goal speeds, it looks like the networks have not extended beyond the city much. It would be nice to see the fiber expand.
Wright County is in line to receive $2,006,869 in CAF 2 funding to upgrade 5488 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: 7
- Percentage served with 100/20 or better: 26
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 16.82 out of 100.
- Find more articles on broadband in Wright County (http://tinyurl.com/h3f5qh4)
- There is a matrix of Minnesota broadband adoption projects.
- Districts: CD 6
Senate: 15, 18, 29, 30
House: 15B, 18A, 29A, 29B, 30A, 30B
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!