Community Network Map through a Minnesota lens

The Institute for Local Self Reliance maintains a Community Network Map – a map of the variety of ways in which local governments have invested in wired telecommunications networks. Those ways include:

  • publicly owned FTTH citywide network
  • publicly owned cable network reaching most or all of the community
  • some publicly owned fiber service available to parts of the community (often a business district)
  • publicly owned dark fiber available
  • publicly owned network offering at least 1 gigabit services
  • served by rural electric cooperatives

You can get a look at coverage one their map (copied) on the right. (The map on their site is interactive.) They were kind enough to send me a list of Minnesota communities listed, which I’m happy to share. (Have to admit, I wasn’t able to post in spreadsheet as I wanted so feel free to contact me if you want a better format.)

Quick breakdown:

  • There are four publicly owned FTTH citywide networks. Lake Connections serves three communities. Monticello Fiber and Windomnet each serves one. SMBS serves eight communities.
  • There’s one publicly owned cable network  – Bagley Public Utilities in Bagley MN
  • There are seven providers serving some publicly owned fiber service available to parts of the community.
  • Two counties with dark fiber available. CarverLink serves 10 communities. Scott County Fiber Network serves seven communities
  • There are two rural electric cooperatives. RS Fiber serves 10 communities. True North serves four communities.
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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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