Carlton County Broadband Profile: Current ranking – 44

I am doing the annual look at broadband in each county – based on maps from the Office of Broadband Development and news gathered from the last year.

Carlton County has moved down the ranking from 40 to 44. At the end of 2017, the county got a state grant for over $500,000. That should help with improvements in the future and shows a marked effort in striving for better broadband

Carlton County is part of a collaboration with neighboring counties (Carlton, Aitkin, Kanabec, Pine, Mille Laces) called the East Central Broadband Initiative. They were also a Blandin Broadband Community, which means they have a focus on increasing broadband use in the community.

Info on Access:

Speeds % served 2017 % served 2018
25/3 62.74 67.29
100/20 52.32 58.22

The speeds reflect the Minnesota speed goals:

  • 25 Mbps down and 3 up by 2022
  • 100 Mbps down and 20 up by 2026

Current ranking for 100/20 access: 44

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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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