Mahnomen County Broadband Profile: current ranking 84

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.

Mahnomen County’s broadband ranking as dipped from 75 to 84. Mahnomen has decent coverage for 25/3 access, which may leave residents to think that they are not in need of improvements but they may find that “better broadband” is a moving target. Speeds that are adequate for applications today may not suffice tomorrow.

Late in 2017, Garden Valley Telephone received a state broadband grant that will help the area…

Garden Valley Telephone Company, Bejou – $1,304,421. This last mile project will serve 214 unserved households, 17 unserved businesses, and 7 unserved community anchor institutions in Bejou and surrounding rural areas within Mahnomen County, including portions of the White Earth Reservation in northwestern Minnesota. In a funding partnership with the State of Minnesota, Garden Valley Telephone will improve broadband service levels to 1 Gbps down and 1 Gbps up, exceeding the 2026 state speed goal. Bejou and White Earth leaders agree that the area is in desperate need of fast reliable Internet service to help the area progress, especially as technology continues to advance around them. The total eligible cost is $2,608,842, with a $1,304,421 local match.

Senator Utke celebrated the award.

Info on Access:

Speeds % served 2017 % served 2018
25/3 71.95 83.53
100/20 13.03 13.53

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: 84

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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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