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.
Kanabec County ranking has improved from 68 to 67. The have actually seen an increase coverage but they are not keeping up with the rest of the state.
Kanabec has been a Blandin Broadband Community. There is a Kanabec Broadband Initiative. They have been part of the East Central Regional Broadband Group.
At the end of 2017, CenturyLInk announced upgrades in Kanabec County…
Rural residents that have struggled to find ways to access the internet from their homes may be in luck as Century Link is expanding services to include an additional 1,400 homes in the Braham area, and 3,000 homes in the Mora area.
But these is some concern that the upgrades will not be sufficient…
“This is a step in the right direction, but there is still a long way to go,” he said. Jelsing explained that even though Century Link advertises speeds of at least 10 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload, actual speeds tend to vary. For Jelsing, he had hoped upload speeds would be considered equally as important as download speeds. While download speeds help consumers who are interested in streaming video, upload speeds are essential for supporting local businesses that need to send data —not just receive it.
While 10 Mbps bandwidth will be a huge improvement for those with no wired internet options, it’s still below the FCC’s definition of broadband which is 25Mbps download / 3Mbps upload.
Info on Access:
|Speeds||% served 2017||% served 2018|
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: 67
- Kanabec County has worked with the Blandin Foundation
- Find more articles on broadband in Kanabec County. (http://tinyurl.com/gvyes6n)
- There is a matrix of Minnesota broadband adoption projects; it includes projects from this area.
- Districts: CD 8
Senate: 11, 15
House: 11B, 15A