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.
Lac qui Parle broadband ranking has dropped from 2 to 6. There was a slight dip in access from last year. I presume that reflects a correction is this year or last but they are still more than 97 percent covered.
The problem in LqP County is that while most of the county got FTTH through a federal ARRA grant in 2010; the county seat of Madison did not qualify for the upgrade because their connection speeds were deemed to good for the upgrade. So LqP is in an unusual position where the biggest city is least served and the rest of the county has FTTH.
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: 6